Thrifty Thursdays: Holiday Edition

thrifty thursdays

As I was writing out my list of gifts I still need to finish (or hell, even start), I came to the realization that Christmas Eve is five days away! FIVE! To add to that, I opted to buy plain brown craft paper this year to wrap all my gifts, you know – to give it that extra homemade feel. This was back in November, when I was sure I would have time to finish my projects for school and get all my Christmas presents done.

So, you can imagine what the next five days are going to be like. Luckily, school is done and now I can focus on the Holidays…finally! If you are like me, and still haven’t found time to do all of your wrapping yet, here are some fun (and easy) homemade gift wrap ideas that will add a sweet personal touch. Right before they rip it all to shreds!

Photo from The DIY Dreamer

Photo from The DIY Dreamer

This custom wrapping paper from The DIY Dreamer is kind of amazing. She just took a couple branches and placed them on the copy bed of her printer and printed the design out on bright white copy paper! While I was reading the tutorial, I was thinking you may need heavier paper. But then again, you want it light enough you can fold it to wrap the gifts. This would be perfect for smaller gifts. You don’t even need the branches – you can really print out any design you want!

Photo from Artifact Uprising

Photo from Artifact Uprising

I usually stick to sharing DIY tutorials from bloggers. If I see something shared by a big-name store or magazine, chances are there’s a blogger doing it, too. But when I happen upon a business whose beliefs I agree with, and they have a beautiful tutorial like this, I feel inclined to share. Artifact Uprising – a photo goods store – teamed up with photographer Fawn DeViney for this DIY Gift Wrapping tutorial. They used the plain brown paper, and added a print on top! Now, they used their Square Prints Set that comes with 25 prints and sells for $21.95. That’s a pretty good deal, but if you are in a time and budget pinch – find some photos/prints that are lying around and trim them down to size!

Photo from Mini Eco

Photo from Mini Eco

I found this beautifully hand-drawn wrapping paper from Mini Eco on through the MAKE zine. Kate Lilley (who runs Mini Eco) worked as a web designer before becoming a full-time mom and now freelances and writes books while her sons are at school. I think I found the perfect someone for a Yo Momma Monday feature! She has loads of tutorials on her site, including a cross stitch gift wrap printable.

Now, for something to top your beautiful handmade gift wrap…

Photo from Lisa Griffith

Photo from Lia Griffith

I’m not a huge fan of the Christmas bows. I think they look beautiful (most of the time), but they usually get smashed when you’re packing all your Christmas gifts into a car, and one time, a family member politely informed me that I had a bow stuck on my butt. How it got there, I have no idea. Sure, it was cause for a good laugh, but I would rather the bows stick on the gifts. That’s why I like these printable paper bows from Lia Griffith – they actually go around the gift, less of a chance of sticking to everything else but the gift! And Lia offers printables for each style and even blank ones in case you want to design your own!

Photo from Oh Happy Day

Photo from Oh Happy Day

When there comes a time when I am able to make/purchase gifts for my friends again (note to friends: sorry), I’m definitely using this printable gift wrap and tags from Oh Happy Day! Heck, I might even use them for the family this year. I was planning on just painting/writing the names on each gift, but if I need to make some tags, this could definitely be the way to go! This blog is so beautiful in general, and she shares so many good tutorials – like a Christmas forest cake topper.

Do you have any handmade gift wrap ideas you would like to share? Post the link in the comments and share on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter with the hashtag #homamdefortheholidays! Find more handmade gift inspiration on my Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

Feeling all fancy with my first order at my Mariposa Blossoms Etsy store (yes, I’m still bragging about it), I was thinking about what kind of gift wrap I should wrap it with. I want to maintain this DIY/homemade theme, so I looked around the craft room/baby room to see what I can find.

And what I found was my big ol stack of newspapers and magazines that I have acquired over the last year or so. I’ve asked my mom to save her magazines for a long time and while she’s been diligent about doing so, I have not been so diligent about using them.

In fact, when we did our last move, my boyfriend informed me that he would not help move the two boxes of magazines I had packed. He would not put them in Storage and he definitely would not move them into our new digs. He allowed me one box, and I even had to fight for that. I can’t blame him though. I’m known for hoarding all sorts of “crafting material” and never using it, then complaining about how cluttered everything is.

Alas, I ended up donating the majority of the magazines and then promising myself I would never do it again. Then we moved in with his dad, who gets the daily paper. Not being able to throw the paper away when it was no longer needed, I started storing it. Cringing every time I look at it, I need to start doing something with it. Which is where the gift wrap idea comes into play!

Here are some neat ways to reuse magazines and newspapers as gift wrap:

Image belongs to Redfly Creations

Image belongs to Redfly Creations

Magazine Gift Bag Tutorial from Redfly Creations – Melissa, who runs the blog, is a mom of three and she offers a lot of tutorials, recipes and printables on her site. I actually found her site from a Mason Jar repin on Pinterest, and landed on the gift bag tutorial, which inspired today’s post. She also has a tutorial on DIY photo shoots, which I love! Not sure Sam will love that idea, but that is just par for the course.

Image belongs to The Gunny Sack

Image belongs to The Gunny Sack

Magazine Gift Bags Tutorial from The Gunny Sack – And if you are handy with the sewing machine (which I am not…yet), here is a tutorial from The Gunny Sack. I have featured her DIY Mason Jar tutorial on a previous Thrifty Thursdays, so obviously I really like her site. She is full of tutorials, recipes and help with photography, so check her out!

Image belongs to Junk Mail Gems

Image belongs to Junk Mail Gems

Gift bags out of Junk Mail from Junk Mail Gems – This is the first time I’ve visited this site, and I think it’s kind of amazing. It’s true to it’s name and offers a whole lot of projects that use, well…junk mail. If you have an address, you know you get junk mail, so why not put it to good use! I normally just give all my junk mail to Cecilia to destroy, but this might be a little more handy.

Image belongs to Easy Homestead

Image belongs to Easy Homestead

DIY Newspaper Gift Wrap from Easy Homestead – Ok, so I followed the link to find the original tutorial, but apparently the website is no longer. But, I did find Easy Homestead on Facebook where they share a lot of tutorials and fun ideas for reusing and upcycling stuff.

Image belongs to Two Shades of Pink

Image belongs to Two Shades of Pink

Gift Wrap Ideas from Two Shades of Pink – And finally, to top off your DIY newspaper-wrapped gift, a newspaper flower! This was part of a gift wrap series that Jessica, the author of the blog, featured on her site. Her website is all about celebrating…celebrations, and is definitely worth checking out. I think I’ll be returning to this site when I’m planning the little one’s first birthday.

I can’t believe I’m already thinking about her first birthday.

Do you know of an innovative way to wrap your gifts in newspaper and magazine clippings? Share here in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #diygiftwrap. Find more of my DIY newspaper and magazine gift wrap inspiration on Pinterest!