Frugal Wrapping Paper

Make your own wrapping paper– we do this, too, but there are some variations here. What I do is always ask for paper bags when I have a choice while checking out of a grocery store. Cut them open, use the inside for the outside of your presentif they have company logos on them, and then stamp them with potato prints.

Take a large baking potato and cut it in half lengthwise if possible. Use a cookie cutter or free-hand to cut out a Christmas shape- I like hearts, trees, stars, gingerbread people, and a house shape I have because they are simple and easy to recognize without adding extra details.
Put some paint in a pie tin or other shallow container. I look for paints on sale- it doesn’t really matter what kind, or I mix glue with food coloring. Stamp your potato in the paint, then on the paper. I have found that the easiest process looks the best- I pick two stamps or two colors, and then alternate for a repeating patter, say, tree, star, tree, star, or red tree, green tree etc all over the bag. Then I set it aside to let it dry (hanging it over the back of a chair works if your paint isn’t so thick it drips) while I work on the next one.

Also, according to one of the comments at the link above, you can buy a huge roll of brown contracter’s paper at a home improvement store and use that forever. And here’s another post with some variations on the brown paper bag theme and some ideas for frugal ribbons.

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