12.22.2014

Unconventional gift wrapping, part 3

Ok, its down to the wire...only three days til Christmas...
you're thinking, "I don't have time to glue paper on to tin cans...
or wrap up a bunch of weeds and make it look pretty...I am out of time and ideas!"

Quick and easy - here you go...

Let the present be the packaging...
Find a container - put stuff inside - tie it up - done!


These two metal lunchboxes - great examples...and what to put inside...findings from the dollar store...
For the gardener - garden gloves, twine or string to tie up plants, lotion to soothe hard-working hands
For the office geek - favorite pens, post-it notes, clips and magnets








Once you have everything inside the container, tie it up with a length of ribbon made from torn fabric...lightweight cotton or linen tears the easiest...I like the frayed edge that results...






my favorite to use...old white linen tablecloths that are stained beyond use...the fabric is lovely and once torn into strips, you don't even notice the stains...


















Got a lone napkin or handkerchief?  Wrap it around two rolls of first aid paper tape from the dollar store as a gift for the artist in your life...the tape is ideal for making your own printed washi tape...details here...















So - no metal lunchboxes hanging around or orphaned napkins...ok, did you have take-out this past weekend...go rescue the containers...or pick up a few at a restaurant supply store...or better yet...beg at a local eatery if you can buy a few...








































Same idea - put stuff inside...close it up...slap on a tag or some ribbon...done!

more ideas from the dollar store...
For the teenager - lip balm, nail polish, hair ties...
For the cook - dish towels, a kitchen gadget or two, maybe a couple of votive candle holders for those romantic dinners...













Still stuck for ideas...how about a gift of time...which is the most appreciated gift of all...baby-sit for an afternoon or evening, cook a special dinner, offer to run errands...take the dog for a hike...giving your time and your attention to a family member or friend can be the best gift...write it out on a slip of paper...and stick it into any random container...

fill it with love....wrap it up with bells and string...you're good to go...

and ready for the holidays...

7 comments:

  1. Loved this as with #1 and #2 Amy!
    I do believe you can make anything elegant!
    Off to the 99c store! ♥

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  2. I would love the metal lunch boxes as my gift :)

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  3. The beautifully wrapped presents just keep getting better. Oh do I wish I was on your Christmas list : )

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  4. Beautiful wrapping ideas, Amy. Your family and friends are very lucky.
    Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  5. More great ideas, Amy! Thanks so much for taking the time to show us these.

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  6. Amy, Your friends and family must line up to receive presents from you! I would squeal with delight if someone gave me a metal lunch box with goodies inside. And those beautiful tarnished candlesticks with little Christmas trees atop - I am swooning! And now I'm going to read about making my own printed washi tape. Amy, you amaze me! Merry Christmas, dear friend.

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