Thursday, January 17, 2019

Classy, Free Gift Wrap for a Small Gift


So this is not quite free, but very close. My cost was the printer ink and copy paper. I have figured this cost to be about 4 cents per page.  I didn't need a lot of gift wrap, just enough for one small package and one slightly larger package. I ended up using 4 sheets of printed paper, for about 16 cents for both gifts.


Those gifts that I bought at clearance and semi-annual sales now need wrapping. The above gift is part of a birthday package for someone who is special to me. Wanting a chic and classy look for this birthday gift, I decided on a black and white color scheme. (By the way, this is very inexpensive to do with home office supplies.)



Using free clip art, I made this pattern on my laptop for printing onto a sheet of paper. In my experience, Apple Pages seems to work better for cut and paste of images than MS Word, so it's what I have used here and with other printed images.

The small gift used 3/4 of a sheet, while the larger package used 3 sheets, with strategic piecing to minimize visible seams. The most obvious seam runs across the center of the package and shall be concealed with ribbon.


I did invest some time making the pattern, but I considered this fun, down time. In addition, I now have this pattern stored on my laptop for future use.

For a price comparison -- I could have bought some gift wrap. Even at the Dollar Store I would have spent $1 for wrap, and likely would have used about 1/3 of one of their small rolls, or 35-cents' worth. Printing gift wrap at home was about half of the price of the least expensive option for me, meant that I could skip a trip to the store, and was an outlet for my creative energy.  A win all around! And I don't have any leftovers lingering in a closet, as I printed only what I needed.



11 comments:

  1. What a great idea, and it turned out beautifully.
    I like to wrap gifts in brown kraft paper and use red and white baker's twine as a ribbon.
    - Tina

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    1. Beautiful paper, Lili! It reminds me of The Prudent Homemaker.

      Tina, I thought this was a pretty idea to use with brown kraft paper: https://thistlewoodfarms.com/simple-vintage-farmhouse-wrapping-diy/

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    2. Hi Tina,
      I love using the red and white baker's twine at Christmas. In place of a bow, you can tie a sprig of pine or fir into the knot of the twine. With brown craft paper, the red/white twine sounds welcoming and homey -- lovely image!

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    3. Hi Kris,
      Thank you. Yes, Brandy uses a lot of French images. I believe she gets many of the images from the same pace that I do -- Graphic's Fairy, a great source for vintage images.
      Thanks for the link to thistlewood farms. I love the look of newsprint on the brown paper, with white and silver trimmings. Very cute idea. I'll have to keep that in mind for next year.

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  2. Very nice! Where did you find the clip art?

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    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you.
      I use Graphic's Fairy -- https://thegraphicsfairy.com/
      Many of her images are free, but some are subscription only. For the lettering, I just chose a font from Apple Pages that I liked and added the diamond spacer from Pages' "special characters" list.

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  3. If anyone wants the pdf file to the gift wrap sheet that I put together, send me an email and I can forward the file to you.
    email: lili.mounce *at* gmail.com

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  4. We recently make a purchase where each jar was individually wrapped in brown paper. We decided to keep this brown paper in our stash so we can use it someday for gift wrap.

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      You are a resourceful person! You know, I have come across all kinds of paper and bags that are useful for nice gift wrap. I think your saved brown paper will make great wrapping paper.

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  5. I like that you factored the price of the ink into the cost. While not a lot, the cost of ink can add up over time. So many people say what they did cost nothing when they are printing at home which is not technically true.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      it is tempting to say this was free; but as we do use our printer a lot, I will have to buy more ink and paper at some point. So not quite free, but it did use what we had in the house. If I was going to throw out the ink and paper, then I'd maybe consider it to be free.

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