Monday, December 19, 2011

What to do when you run out of wrapping paper?

Hmm...Well I suppose you could drive to the store and purchase more.  But it's the week before Christmas!  I'm sure the roads and stores are crowded, so I'd rather stay home.  

Using brown paper lunch bags, along with a few items I had on hand I was able to finish wrapping the last of my gifts and avoid making a trip to the store.  

I added stripes to one of the bags using painter's tape and craft paint.

I made a flower from fabric scraps and a gift tag using paint chips.



I added an accordion style bow to this package.

You can learn how to fold your own bow here.

Burlap, twine, a pine cone flower, some greenery from my yard and a berry sprig, is what I used for this present.  I love the natural look! 


This present reminds me of my blogging friend Noelle and the beautiful way she accents her home with the color red!

A paper doily and some ribbon is what I used!


So there you go!  I ran out of wrapping paper and that's what I did!


50 comments:

  1. Great idea! I especially love the one with burlap. I use lunch bags as well for wrapping...I let my kids do stamp art on them!

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  2. Clever idea to use the paper bags! I especially like the coral/gray flower you made. :) I've been loving the brown craft paper as wrapping these days.

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  3. Beautiful Brandi, the wrapping is a present in itself.

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  4. Brandi, those are so nice, you should run out of paper more often! Sheesh my go to is the recycle box for the Funny Paper....

    Ang @ solongfarm.blogspot.com

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  5. Very clever and very pretty! Merry Christmas Brandi! ;D

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  6. These are wonderful, I'd love one anytime. So creative. Love it. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  7. Such darling wrapping ideas!! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I love it, if I was the receiver I wouldn't even want to open it lol:)

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  9. Such wonderful ideas! I have never seen someone use craft paint on presents--I LOVE this! It adds so much to the presents.

    xoxo,

    Carly

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  10. You did a great job! I had to laugh as that's what I use to wrap all of my gifts. You gave me some great ideas for bows.

    Merry Christmas!
    Pam

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  11. Brandi you are sweetest!! Thanks for the shout out! OF course you know I was loving the red polka dot the most!!! :)))xoxox

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  12. I love it. So creative, and absolutely beautiful. You have inspired me. I think I'm going to make all of my wrapping paper next Christmas. I can't get over how pretty it looks. What a nice personal touch.

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  13. Those packages are too pretty to open.
    m.

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  14. I absolutely LOVE them all! Beautiful ;) I think brown paper wrapping is one of my all time favorites!

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  15. You did some creative recycling of paper bags. Your gift wrapping is very pretty!

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  16. Very creative wrapping! Love what you did.

    So nice to visit with you.

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  17. Those are absolutely beautiful, Brandi! What a treat to get one of those under the tree with my name on it! I especially love the accordian bow.

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  18. I love the little details on your wrapping paper. You did an amazing job!

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  19. I think the red & polka dot are my most fav Brandi!

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  20. i think your presents turned out better than most of the wrapping paper!! way to improvise.

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  21. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I'm just stopping by random blogs today and checking them out. Also wishing you folk's a healthy and happy new years. Richard from an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

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  22. Thank you for answering a nearly yearly dilemma for me...these are great ideas! They're beautiful and easy and exactly what I need.
    Found you through TCB. Thank you for the inspiration...Happy Cheery Holidays! :)

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  23. The gift wrap looks lovely! I adore the pine cone cauliflower...how pretty is that?!

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  24. Miss Brandi, I'm taking your idea :) I have a few gifts to wrap so I'm going to give it a try.

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  25. Hi I just came across your blog... and I love your Idea I am ALWAYS running out of Paper... At the LAST minute... So this is so Great!!! I just signed up as your newest follower and would love for you to link up at http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-2-and-highlights/

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  26. Looks very nice. I cannot tell the difference, at all.

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  27. Very cute ideas!!! I love how you added simple strips on the brown paper using painters tape! Brilliant!

    I would LOVE if you posted this on my Wednesday's Wrap-it Up blog hop tomorrow!!
    http://romanceonadime.com/category/wednesdays-wrap-it-up/

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  28. Those are so cute and you are so creative!! I actually did just run out of wrapping paper...
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  29. Hi Brandi
    Such great ideas! No need to run out of paper... i'll go out of my way to wrap my pressies like this!

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  30. AWESOME! Love this idea! Aren't you smart!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS Will you come over and share at my place today?

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  31. Hi Brandi! Thanks so much for stopping by, it means alot to me!
    I love your wrapping paper ideas so much, especially the red polka dot one!
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Rondell

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  32. First let me say that I loved that era of music... Don't Disturb This Groove. And secondly I love this post and how you put original ideas to work to complete your packages.... they're gorgeous!

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  33. Awesome!! I never would have thought of this. And the gifts look so much more heartfelt. You should do a post on basic crafty tools to always have on hand. I need some guidance to get a foundation. Lol

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  34. This is an awesome idea. They look so cute Brandi! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  35. Love your ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas,
    Gen

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  36. BRANDI!!! It's GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous!! Don't ever touch regular wrapping paper again! This is perfect!!

    Pinning this!

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  37. Wow!! How beautiful! Can you come wrap all my presents for me???? Pretty please? :)

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  38. THIS IS AWESOME. who needs wrapping with your great ideas. I especially love the fabric flower...but really all the designs are great..puts my gift wrapping to shame.
    Merry Christmas.
    Mary Ann

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  39. So creative - I love the burlap!
    Merry Christmas to you!
    -Shelley

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  40. Beautiful gift wrapping!! I would hate to open them!! Awesome job!!

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  41. Nice!! So so pretty. I love them all. I would love for you to share this at my special holiday linky party going on right now! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-holiday-linky.html

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
    ~Nikki ...xoxo

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  42. Wow, these are some great ideas! I would be the person to go to the store and buy more, but these are much more creative (not to mention prettier)!

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  43. Very smart and creative ideas dear...Simply inspirational
    Wish you a very Happy Christmas
    Happy if you come to see me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    with love from
    Farah

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  44. Gorgeous packages - awesome idea!

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  45. Your gifts are so beautifully wrapped, and of course handled with care...I'd hate to tear the paper to see what's inside!

    I'd love to see a fabric bow tutorial if you have time!

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  46. Hello Brandi,

    I'm a new follower as of today! Your creativity inspires me. The packages are way too pretty to open.

    What a beautiful way to honor your mother and uncle with the title of your blog! Love the song too! We will always miss our moms. My mom made her transition January, 2010. Starting my little blog was a way to heal.

    ~Sandy

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