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.