I met today’s guests earlier this year, when they joined my series on Spring Cleaning. They are sisters who run a wonderful blog called At the Picket Fence filled with beautiful photos and creative tips. When I decided to do a Sweet & Simple Christmas series, I knew I had to have them back. I was certain they would inspire me to do something creative!
I’m thrilled to introduce you to Heather and Vanessa and their simple yet lovely ideas. To learn more about these ladies, please read to the bottom of the post for their bios. And I’ve included the winners of yesterday’s giveaway there too.
Here are Heather and Vanessa …
You’ve spent countless hours searching for the perfect gifts. Maybe you woke up early on Black Friday to stand in line, getting the best price on your child’s number one Christmas wish. Possibly, you decided that battling the crowded stores was just too much for you this year, so you let your fingers do the shopping. Pricing and comparing each gift online to get the most for your money.
You could be the type of woman who started your shopping before last year was even over! Searching the sales racks, specials deals and sorting through the toy bins at every discount store storing up all year so you could get the most bang for your buck.
Regardless, there comes the point where, however you did your Christmas shopping, those presents need wrapping and often that can feels as stressful as the gift buying itself.
We’ve rounded up a few frugal gift wrapping ideas that will not only simplify your wrapping but are beautiful as well!
We are going to give you a few tips on how to turn these few simple supplies into beautiful wrappings that won’t break the bank and won’t leave you wrapping until midnight Christmas Eve!
Postal Wrapping Paper-This has become a go-to wrapping paper in our house. It is perfect for any occasion, it is inexpensive and it’s environmentally friendly.
Craft Bags-Again, these bags are perfect for any occasion, they can be personalized and bought in bulk.
Bolts of Ribbon-Years ago it dawned on us that “real ribbon” while more expensive to purchase than “bags of bows” or “curling ribbon” actually ended up being far more frugal in the long run. We purchase bolts of ribbon on clearance after the holidays and throughout the year as we find it on sale and we re-use this ribbon year after year. After the un-wrapping chaos is over, we gather up the ribbon, curl it back up and keep it in a ribbon bin to be used again. If you purchase neutral colors they will go with any packaging. The wired ribbon is especially nice to form pretty bows.
Address Labels-We all have sheets of address labels around. Our favorite size is the handy 4 X 2 inch shipping labels. This year instead of buying those little tags that are cheap, but often lacking in aesthetic or those large gilded tags that while beautiful, cost as much as the gifts themselves; we decided to make some fun personal homemade tags instead. These tags were as simple as inserting a photo of the designated recipient in each “label.” They can even be copied and pasted over and over to create sheets of labels for each family member. Not only is this a fun personal touch, it’s so easy to peel and stick each label on the appropriate gifts. How much fun for your kids to see their faces peeking out at them from under the tree!
Picture Frame Tags-If you’d like to go a step further and have your “tag” be another small gift, you can purchase inexpensive little frames at your local Dollar Store and apply one of the stickers to the frame back. Now they have a tag they can keep!
Take-out Boxes-Take out boxes are such a fun way to quickly wrap up a small item! Again, these boxes can be used over and over and are inexpensive to purchase in bulk.
Recycled Cans and Containers-One of the most inexpensive ways to package a gift for Christmas is to recycle lidded cans and containers. Coffee cans, cookie cans, and jars can all be used as “gift wrapping” Purchase a few cans of fun spray paint colors to keep on hand and line these cans for a quick coat of paint. Top lids with chalk paint, that can be found in spray paint or brush on form, and write the recipient’s name on top. These can be used year after year or the recipient can keep the can for a fun keepsake container!
Proverbs 31 states that, “She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands.” Today we may not have an opportunity to “seek out wool and flax” but we can find ways to be resourceful, frugal, and skillful with what God has given us! We hope these “simple Christmas wrapping” suggestions will help spark creative and unique ways to create beautiful and stress free gift giving!
For more simple and frugal Christmas projects, like these and Ribbon Banner Ornaments…
or this trio of Sea Shell Christmas Trees…
we’d love you to visit us over At The Picket Fence!
Thank you Vanessa and Heather. I love the idea of re-using a better ribbon year after year. The only problem is I can see is my sisters and I might have a minor brawl (with lots of laughter) as we argued over who should get to keep it – the giver or the receiver! Well, that’s a problem we can solve.
I hope you’ll all visit At the Picket Fence for more great ideas! I really adore these girls.
Thanks so much for joining us today.
Congratulations to the winners of Van Walton’s DVD Children’s book:
Emma who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 4:52 am
Terri who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 5:06 pm
Janet who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 11:51 am
Thanks to all who left a comment. I enjoyed reading about your favorite gifts.