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4 Simple & Inexpensive Repurposed Gift Wrap Tutorials

This year, add a special touch to your homemade Christmas gift's wrapping or packaging for a present that will truly impress and delight your recipient. It needn't cost a whole lot more!

It needn't cost a whole lot more! In fact, we've got four easy and inexpensive repurposed gift wrap tutorials that are perfect for little gifts.

Small trinkets and treats are always a delightful gift to give and receive, especially around the holidays. While we often pay close attention to the wrappings of more expensive gifts, those really special homemade ones that might not cost as much, but certainly mean a lot, often get popped into a less formal bag or box.

Plastic Coffee Cups

Wash and dry the cup and then choose a festive piece of scrapbook paper to tuck inside. I made a template by slipping a piece of white paper inside of the cup and marking the top edges with a pencil. Cut off the top edges on the pencil lines and your pattern is ready. Trace the pattern onto your designer paper and cut out. It's that simple!

Tuck the decorative paper down inside the cup. Cut a circle of paper to adhere to the lid of the cup and then fill a wax paper or cellophane bag with the treats and slip them in the cup. Pop on the lid, string a little Christmas ornament on a pretty satin ribbon and tie the ribbon around the cup. A little piece of adhesive will hold the ribbon in place and finish off your present!

Cans & Tins

A simple tin can can become an elegant container for some homemade Christmas goodies. Some keys from the scrapbooking area of the craft store were the perfect embellishment for these little dandies. Easy to do, too!

Remove the labels from the cans and wash and dry. Wrap the decorative paper around the can and adhere with a strong adhesive. Line the inside of the can with a sheet of tissue paper. Place your Christmas goodies inside of a wax-paper or cellophane bag and tuck them inside the can. Tie a coordinating bow around the top of the tissue paper and embellish with a sweet little key.

Paper Bags

To begin, I stamped a Christmas greeting and a cute snowman image on the bag with permanent black ink. I used a fine orange marker to color the carrot nose and cut out a heart-shape from glittery red paper to adhere to the bag. Next, I tore some cheery red fabric in 1 1/2-inch strips and then, after my treats were in the bag, I tied a simple knot in the fabric strip.

Paper Plates

I know what you're thinking, paper plates? Stacked together and tied with a festive holiday ribbon, these are the perfect packings for batches of homemade cookies for friends and neighbors!

Simply stack the paper plates together with the top plate inverted to form the lid.  Punch holes evenly around the perimeter of the two plates using a hole puncher. I like to keep the holes about 2 inches apart. 

Fill the bottom plate with the Christmas goodness and then invert the top plate--lining up the holes, to form the lid. Weave a length of red satin ribbon through each hole and tie the ends in a bow. Apply some fun, festive Christmas stickers to the outside and you have a delicious plate of Christmas cookies, suitable for gift-giving.

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