Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 45

by Brittany Shult | Photo by Lorida Burkholder do-it-yourself Christmas Gift Wrap BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED Christmas gifts are so much fun to give and receive. Oftentimes, however, wrapping paper and ribbon can be expensive to purchase. There are many creative and simple ideas that can be used to wrap gifts using items found in your home. No more rushing into crowded stores for last minute gift wrap! INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL BOWS, use scraps of lace, yarn, rick-rack, or even baling twine. Incorporate pinecones, sprigs of holly or pine, old Christmas ornaments, pom-poms or dried flowers. You won’t even miss the big bow! INSTEAD OF WRAPPING PAPER, use newspapers (the comics section makes for fun gift wrap), brown paper bags, old maps, or a section of fabric. QUICKY GIFT WRAP #1: Take a section of wax paper and sprinkle any kind of dried herbs or spices across it. Be sure that there aren’t any herbs on the edges of the paper, that way the edges will seal properly when ironed. Take another section of wax paper and lay it on top of the first, being careful that the edges are lined up together. Use a warm iron and iron over the top of the wax paper. The wax will melt and cause the paper to cling together. Because of the herbs there will be some bubbles where the paper doesn’t completely stick together. QUICKY GIFT WRAP #2: Take a brown paper bag (or brown craft paper) and carefully pull apart the seams until you have a flat piece of paper. Use a clean pencil eraser stamped on an ink pad and make random polka dots on the paper. Have fun using your imagination to spruce up your holiday gift wrapping this year! -45-