So it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve been wrapping presents all day. You’re finally down to the very last one, but, wait a minute. Your wrapping paper is almost gone! Just a few small pieces left, not nearly enough to wrap that scarf for Aunt Alice. You frantically search the house but all you come up with is a plain old white bag, not very Christmassy to say the least. But there is an easy way to make that plain bag look more festive. Grab those leftover scraps of wrapping paper and head for your personal shredder. What! You don’t have a shredder?! Well, there’s one thing that needs to be on your Christmas list to Santa. If you don’t have a shredder, a pair of scissors will do.
Take those leftover scraps of wrapping paper and shred or cut them into strips; if you have kids that can handle scissors, get them involved as well. The strips can be different lengths and widths. It’s okay if the strips come from different types of paper. In fact, it looks even more festive if they are. Start with the longest strip, cut the ends at an angle, and glue or tape it the bag about 1-1/2 inches from the bottom. Cut the next strip slightly shorter than the first and glue it to the bag above the first. Keep adding strips cutting each one slightly shorter than the last to form a tree.
Finally, cut out a star and glue/tape it to the top of your tree, you can even add a tree trunk, if you like. Add a ribbon or any other embellishments you want.
TA-DA! Here's the final product.
You have a fun, festive gift bag that gives your gift that personal touch.
Some things to keep in mind:
It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is your own personal creation, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Keep it fun, and let the kids help. Who knows, you just might start a new family tradition.
After Christmas Tip:
Don’t crumple and toss that used wrapping paper, SHRED IT! Shredded wrapping paper can also be used as filler when shipping fragile objects or in future gift bags. It’s a great way to be green and save a little green.
We'll have more creative shredding ideas coming in 2014 but for now....
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
FROM ALL OF US AT WHITAKER BROTHERS.