Can you believe that we’re well into December already? The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! And if it’s a new month, that means it’s a new project post for The Good Life, the DIY/Lifestyle blog from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.
In celebration of all things holiday, I found inspiration in a motherload of old sewing patterns I found on the Goodwill shelves. I had an idea in mind and these were a perfect medium to play around with.
I’ve done project posts on “thrifty gifts” before…but what about thrifty gift wrap? In other words… Thrift Wrap. And with farmhouse/rustic décor all the rage, I figured that the neutral colors of sewing pattern paper would fit right in. And as I played around with things, I ended up with THREE “thrift wrap” ideas. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
DIY Christmas Crackers
First “thrift wrap” idea: Make-your-own Christmas crackers. These are super easy to make and use materials you already have around the house. To make mine, I gathered some cardboard tubes (from paper towel rolls, etc.) and some sewing pattern tissue paper.
I cut out a rectangle of tissue, rolled my cardboard tube in it (and while mine were empty, normally you’d put a small gift or trinket inside first), and twisted the tissue at each end of the tube.
Then, I used red and white baker’s twine to tie off the ends before trimming off excess tissue. Aren’t they cute as can be?
DIY Rustic Gift Bag
For “thrift wrap” idea #2, I decided to decorate a plain brown gift bag. First, I gathered a rubber stamp (a Christmas tree, in my case- but anything Christmas-y would do) and white ink; then, I just stamped the front of the gift bag.
After the ink dried, I used sewing pattern paper and plain white tissue to stuff it with. With a little green burlap bow at the handle, I was all set- and it was wonderfully rustic in a farmhouse-style way.
“Thrift Wrapped” Boxes
Last but not least, I simply used the sewing pattern tissue as straight-up gift wrap some boxes. My boxes were already brown/beige, which worked well under the tissue. Other colors may require a double layer of sewing pattern tissue, but you’ll get plenty of it in a single packet- so no worries there!
There you have it- three ways to wrap gifts using STUPENDOUSLY CHEAP old sewing patterns! And you know what, I really do love the rustic look…they fit right in with our Christmas décor.
I’m pretty sure several of our stocking gifts will come as Christmas crackers…why didn’t I think of doing that before??
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