Now you can trick out your canisters with the best of them with our blog, and transform your empty egg cartons into muffin holders. We’re going further into upcycling gift wrap territory by using an even lowlier receptacle: the lowly shopping bag.
Not a plastic one. I haven’t figured out how to beautify those yet. No, I am speaking of the lovely, sturdy brown paper bags that you can find at places like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or even a few mainstream grocery stores.
And it doesn’t take much to beautify a brown paper bag, honestly. In fact, all you have to do is cut it apart and wrap it with the outside facing in. Does that make sense to anyone here? No? OK, I’ll try again.
Step by step transformation of a grocery bag into wrapping paper:
- Remove the handles. Just pull ‘em off!
- Cut straight down along one corner of the bag, all the way to the bottom.
- From there, cut off the bottom of the bag.
- Lay the bag out flat, with the designs from the outside facing up.
- Lay your gift on top of the bag and wrap as you would any present.
- a collection of salt dough ornaments
- homemade jam or other canned goods
- a selection of homemade chocolates and truffles (you can find some great recipes in our HealthyHolidays free eBook!)
- themed gifts such as a spaghetti dinner (with noodles and sauce), ice cream fixings, or movie night
And of course, it’s limited only by your creativity! Whatever you need to wrap up can be wrapped in this style. Furthermore you can dress it up in a lot of different ways. I had some fun when I was wrapping presents the other night for my family, coming up with some different ways to dress up the paper bag.
If you go to Trader Joe’s, their bags right now actually have some adorable designs on the side panels that make great gift wrap for small gifts! If you don’t have Trader Joe’s bags, you can accomplish the same thing by drawing designs with markers.You could also use stamps and other tools of the scrapbooking trader for a similar effect. (Hint: Set your kids to the task!)