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A New Twist on Christmas Gift Wrap

Hello and welcome back.



We have seen some really, wonderful Christmas ideas this week and all of them have been on a budget. Well, my simple inspiration is just as frugal. It was free in fact. I was able to reuse something in my home and I love it. This is what I used:

(I apologize in advance that my pictures are not the best. Rainy, cloudy days are not a photographer’s friend, so waiting then resulted in nighttime shots.)


Trader Joes paper grocery bags


Don’t you just love these? This past year I began shopping a bit at Trader Joes. Let me tell you, I was hooked. For a “natural” grocery store, I found their prices to be very reasonable. It is no secret on this ol’ blog that I am a die-hard Harris Teeter gal; however, Trader Joes is giving them a run for their money. I have met some extremely sweet people that work there. Love it.

Anyhoo, I had been saving these paper bags because I really liked their vintage drawings and durability. They are made very well. (Never had a handle rip off yet. Knock on wood.) I believe that they even have a Christmas print, but I didn’t have any in storage since I usually bring my own shopping totes. If you use your own bags, you can enter your name in for a gift card every week. And if you follow me on facebook, you know that I love winning giveaways. Haha! Β πŸ™‚

I wanted something different…and frugal this year. This ended up being the perfect solution. πŸ™‚


frugal holiday gift wrap



gift wrap supplies


I also went up in the attic and rummaged out my cheap tape from Target. I found a new love: handbands. I got a tremendous kick out of just getting pieces of tape. Really pathetic, I know.

Seriously, it truly did make wrapping the gifts a tad easier. Not saying that I’d ever purchase one at full price… but when you can stock up at roughly a quarter a piece, you don’t mind trying something new. (Subtle reminder: Don’t forget to look for tape deals at Target’s after-Christmas sale at 90% off…even in the office supply aisle.)


wrap time


I shared with you guys last year about our “four gift rule” for our family. This is Zip’s “something to read” gift. Can I just say that I love these book deals from Walmart on Black Friday? This is the second year that I’ve bought them. Five dollar hardback children’s storybooks is a great price in my opinion.


wrap time


Back to the wrapping….

Once you’ve cut the bag to a flat sheet of paper, you are all set to begin taping,… I mean,Β wrapping. Be sure that if you are displaying the printed side, that you cut and wrap it according to the graphic that you want to be on most visible on your package.


fun stuff for gift wrap


Now comes the fun stuff. I picked up some craft ribbon at Michaels on Black Friday for 70% off Β (and used an additional coupon at checkout). Awesome prices and yes, reusable. I also grabbed my craft gift tag set and had a blast stamping away. (This craft was way too much fun with all the taping and stamping. πŸ˜‰ ) Another really neat idea would be to create a small monogram glitter tag like how Brown Sugar Toast shared on Wednesday. Wouldn’t that be festive Β and adorable looking?! I think so. Now I really have to make her craft. Β πŸ™‚


rustic gift wrap


Here’s one all finished. I love the rustic feel that the brown paper gives, not to mention how the colors go perfectly with our Christmas decor. I can’t seem to get away from traditional Christmas colors: red, white, silver combined with natural textures and touches of burlap, feathers, pine cones, pine branches and yes, brown paper.


stamped gift tags


It turned out just how I’d hoped.


assorted gift wrap ideas for my tree


I wrapped one gift {book} with the paper printed side down. So if the printed paper isn’t your cup of tea, you could simply wrap using the back side of the paper bags. This also give you more color options for ribbons and embellishments. The felt gift box that I picked up last year (and Target…and on clearance of course!) fit right in and added a new texture to my under my tree. Tie the bow and you are good. I like simple.


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Holiday wrapping at its finest. Free. I hope that this has inspired you to think outside of the box as you wrap your gifts this year. Christmas doesn’t have to be extravagant and costly. Let’s keep it simple this year. Shop your home and yard…and yes, perhaps even other people’s castoffs Β (like their trash or thrift items) to create our seasonal decor. Let’s dig down and find our frugal roots once again and catch a glimpse of a simple and quiet Christmas. If we do, if we step away from the hustle-bustle, we will have more time to reflect on the things that matter most: faith and family.

If we had planned an underlying theme or subtitle for our Home for the Holidays series, it would certainly be this. (We didn’t by the way. However, it just seemed to be an additional tie binding all of our series together, at least in my eyes.)

Reuse. Recycle. {w}Rap.Β  Let’s do it. πŸ™‚

Do you enjoy recycling? Ever shopped at Trader Joes? Wrapped your gifts in grocery sacks? Tell me. I’d love to hear.

Thanks for reading.

Blog Again, Blog Again, Jiggity-Jig (+ a Christmas series)

I’m back. πŸ™‚

Whew. It has been quite the few months since I’ve been on here.

And I spent it living out of a suitcase. Literally.

I packed for my kids to spend a week in WV visiting my family, packed for a couples retreat, packed for my husband to fly up north to his brother’s wedding, for the fam for vacation, for a whirlwind weekend to WV for my grandmother’s 90th birthday, packed for my daughter for junior camp, for my kids to go to WV {again}, for Hubs and I to take the teens to camp, packed for Hubs and I {again} to fly to Jamaica on a missions trip with our teenagers, packed for weekend ladies retreat and my very favorite {and most recent} packing- for our newest addition’s arrival: Baby #5.

{one day old}

(Unfortunately living away from both sides of the family, this meant packing for our entire family of six + the new baby. Somewhat daunting trying to have the proper attire packed and ready to go- for a time/day that we knew not. Talk about packing blindly. Ha!)

I think that I can now be considered a professional packer. (Adding that to my resume.)

Life is settling down…ahem, somewhat. (Does it ever really?!) Life with five kiddos is totally awesome- and totally a crazy house. Add about 25 more kids to that mix that we “adopted” this past January when my husband became the youth pastor in conjunction with his role as the music pastor at our church. Yup. Busy, busy times.

{one week old}

However now that I’m finally getting sleep again, I am determined to Β get back into blogging. πŸ™‚

I really need more things to do. (Ha!)

{one month old}

(Actually my “new” thing that I’ve added to my life just this past week is photographed in the above picture. Cloth diapers. Why not add blogging back to the mix? I’d hate to be bored. And by the way, just look how big she’s already getting. Wow.)

No. It’s because I enjoy connecting with you. It’s a little slice of “me time”, a chance for me to talk with adult people throughout the day, albeit through my keyboard. (I’ll take what I can get. πŸ˜‰ )

My blogging presence will not be perfect. Some weeks may have more posts than others. But this does not surprise you, I’m sure.

Several of my blogging friends have graciously allowed me to jump in with their holiday series. It was the perfect time for me to ease my “virtual toes” back into the blogging waters, so to speak. And here I am late to the party. So typical.

Please take the time to check out their different posts for some Christmas inspiration. You will love each of their posts- they are some super creative women. I’ve included a little “teaser” picture from each post just to pique your curiosity. You won’t be able to not click over. πŸ™‚


The Frugal Homemaker shared an absolutely gorgeous wreath made with real tree clippings. Using nature in your decor is beautiful and adds a new texture to your display. Best of all, it doesn’t always have to be expensive. It could even be free. You could use some clippings off of a garland or even off of some pine trees near your home. I usually tromp around in the tiny little woods behind our house, looking for pine branches and pine cones. I think that I may look for some sticks as well this year. πŸ™‚ Anyways, find out how Christina made her wreath for free. Brilliant.

Christmas Grapevine & Evergreen wreath (made with free tree cuttings!)

{Christmas Grapevine & Evergreen Wreath}

SlipCoveredGrey made a breathtaking piece of Christmas art. I loved it. Loved everything about it. It was so simple, yet so elegant. I have got to find some huge pictures for great prices at thrift stores. Our home could use some statement pieces for our walls and so could my husband’s office walls. I’m a woman on a mission now. Look out! That huge, out-dated framed picture is totally mine. πŸ™‚

{Christmas Mirror Art}

Another favorite blogger (whom I was thrilled to finally meet in person this past summer), Brown Sugar Toast, shared a festive ornament yesterday. It was simple and easy. This is totally necessary in my world lately. I’d love to try these with the kiddos. Maybe. Knowing my munchkins, anything involving glitter could definitely go south in a hurry. Ha! Whether I attempt doing it with my girls or alone, a Pottery Barn inspired craft never disappoints in my book.

{Monogram Glitter Ornament}

Today PenniesnGrace is sharing more Christmas inspiration at her blog. Her holiday wall decor is right down my alley. Rustic. Pottery Barnish. Free. Frugal is certainly the key word in all of these crafts. I’m all in. Ok. I’m jotting down covertly looking through other people’s trash along with scouring local thrift stores. And just so you know, scissors would be my best friend for this craft as well. πŸ˜‰


{Wooden Joy To The World Sign}

Tomorrow I will be sharing another Christmas inspiration here. So excited about it. So again, please take a moment to check out these great ideas and come back tomorrow for one more frugal idea for your holiday celebrations.

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚