Garden Checklist: Wrapping paper alternatives

Published: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Out of wrapping paper? Or just cutting corners on the holiday budget? You can find colorful holiday wrappings around the house – with a little imagination, tape and a glue stick. Release your inner recycler with these frugal last-minute gift-wrapping tips:

• Fabric scraps: Leftover fabric can make pretty and colorful gift wrap, and it's easy to wrap around unusual shapes.

• Brown paper bags: Cut them to the size you need, wrap the gift and then decorate the paper with stickers, crayon or ink.

• Ice cream container: This round package can become a gift itself. Clean the container, then decorate with fabric, stickers or decoupage.

• Paper quilt: Don't have enough of one gift wrap to cover a present? Make a crazy quilt of paper patchwork. Embellish the "seams" where two designs come together with ribbon or colored duct tape.

• Wrap a gift with a gift: Use a hostess apron to wrap a cookbook or a dish towel around cookware – it's a bonus as well as decoration.

• Eco-friendly cloth bag: Use a canvas shopping bag for packaging (again, two gifts in one).

• Children's artwork: Kids take pride that they put a personal touch on packages. Great idea for grandparents' gifts.

• Comics: Another use for those colorful pages in The Bee's Fun & Games section or Sunday funnies.

• Old Christmas cards: Treat them like the paper patchwork, taping together several cards to cover a present. Or turn them into gift tags with bits of ribbon.

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