So making your own gift bags is great for both your pocketbook and Mother Earth, right? Of course.
Except. There are times when a reusable fabric gift bag might not be the best choice. I can think of two groups of people whose presents I won’t be wrapping in fabric this year: children and those from whom I don’t feel comfortable asking the bag back.
I think children should have the experience of ripping paper– it’s a lot of fun! Plus, my kids are at the age when they’re starting to get invited to birthday parties, and if my kids don’t really understand the cloth bag, other people’s kids really aren’t going to understand. And there’s a whole bunch of people (grown-ups this time) who wouldn’t like the idea very much either.
Enter the customizable wrapping paper. I bought a large roll of white paper from Ikea about six months ago, the sort of paper that is supposed to be used with a child’s easel. And every time I have a present to wrap in paper, I cut off a piece big enough for wrapping what ever it is and let my children have at it. They draw pictures, scribble color on, or write messages.
They love to draw and write, even more so when I explain that this is paper for their friend Lou-Ann or Eva or whom ever’s present. And I like that their drawing personalizes the present even further.
I even use this paper for wrapping boxes when I ship things. If you have ever received a package from me, it will have been wrapped in sturdy white paper. Ikea really does have it all!
Any creative wrapping paper tips? Let’s hear them!
This post is part of Holidays *by hand*.