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Christmas on a College Budget

Updated on December 4, 2012

The Scenario

So while you're busy with college life, Christmas happens to sneak up on you. All of a sudden, it's time to buy and wrap a plethora of gifts you have no money to spend on. What do you do? Break out the arts and crafts.

What You'll Need And What To Do

Duct tape

Construction Paper

Plain White Paper





Wrapping Paper - Why waste your money on something that people are literally going to just rip up and throw away? Instead, wrap presents in bright pieces of construction paper, or even plain white paper. Use colored duct tape to add contrast and designs. Wrap the kids' presents in plain white paper and draw little doodles all over, or write a sweet note for your lover. Either way, the present is sure to have a much more personal feel to it, and I can assure you that this packaging won't meet the trash can quite as easily!

Gifts - There are SO many things you can do with duct tape! You can make wallets, bracelets, purses, flowers.... Why not tune in to your inner Michelangelo and see what fun and colorful creations you can master? Or, if you're feeling particularly crafty, you can even make jewelry from paper beads! All you need is some paper, glue, and modge podge, and you're on your way to a Christmas that's suddenly become a whole lot cheaper.

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      TheGoGlobalBabe 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo - your lens was informative. I like the wrapping paper aspect of the lens.