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Deck the Haus: Homemade Wrapping Paper

TeamSugar member AmberHoney sent me this photo of some decorating paper she made for a business associate of her husband's. She says, "I have only ever used newspaper or grocery-store bags (the inside of course) to wrap my gifts. I started because wrapping papers are just too expensive to rip open and litter the earth. I usually stamp, spray paint, or stencil paper bags. It's fun and you can personalize each."

I also sometimes make my own wrapping paper, though I have to say that AmberHoney's is some of the most sophisticated, design-savvy homemade paper I've seen in awhile.

What about you? Do you make homemade wrapping paper?

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poojaaa poojaaa 9 years
hey how about using cloth to wrap gifts? i read this somewhere.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Me again - I hit the wrong button. I wanted to post and subscribe.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I use magazine pages to mail my handmade cards in - great ideas for small gifts. Town & Country mag has some great pages and the paper is thicker than other mags. I like it a lot. I usually use newspaper (in the old days, don't read them now - my older neighbors are happy to give me theirs) and use a large (any color but black) felt marker and write MERRY CMAS, HAPPY CHANUAKAH (spell) and KWANZAA, etc. It usually gets rave reviews. Keep being creative it's good for the soul.
Neural Neural 9 years
I've bought a big pad of white paper from a teacher supply store and I wrapped the presents in those sheets and then cut out cute pictures and used a glue stick to glue them to the outside of the packages. My mom loved the packages so much she didn't even want to unwrap them! I think she took pictures of them. She's goofy like that!
madelineannem madelineannem 9 years
I use magazine pages to wrap presents for friends. It's personal and modern.
sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
Very very cute! I would have done this if I had thought of it. Maybe.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Wow, thanks for the positive comments and to casasugar for posting my work! And I understand the whole saving paper idea (that's how this whole idea started in my head), if you don't have old grocery bags you can always use brown craft paper or go the gift bag route and hope the recipient uses them next year. PS: where's the spell checker, I had to use my dictionary?
emalove emalove 9 years
Very cute and creative.
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
That looks great! I love the blue and tan together.
natkubichar natkubichar 9 years
i ve allways loved the gifts wrapped in brown paper....its noce to take ribon and make a bow and throw some little pine branches in the bow
Jleigh821 Jleigh821 9 years
Now this is a GREAT IDEA!! GO GREEN!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I don't but this is a great idea!
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
this is a great idea! except one problem... I dont use paper bags... so i would have to actually go buy or get some to do this... therefore kinda defeats the purpose of saving paper.
gigill gigill 9 years
No, but it's a good idea if you have the time. I'm getting so fed up with the excess packaging and plastic bag world we live in that I'm wondering why I didn't think of this? It's also a good activity for kids - getting them to design some custom wrapping paper is cute and thoughtful, plus it keeps them busy! Nice work btw!
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