My vacation earlier this month really threw a monkey wrench into my holiday budget. I’ll admit that I spent a little more money than I had intended. Or more precisely, I hadn’t taken the time to really add up the expenses; the resort, the cruise, the airfare, the meals at the resort, the rental car, the drinks … each one on its own seemed entirely reasonable. Added up altogether, well, I went a little over budget.
Now I have to cut back on spending. Right in time for the holidays. Yikes!
So rather than buying Christmas wrapping paper this year I decided to pull out some supplies that I already had on hand and whip up some of my own.
I dug out the giant roll of brown craft paper that I purchased a few years ago, some generic shipping tags, a few old book pages, some string and Fusion’s gorgeous Copper metallic paint.
Then I added one more special ingredient; a roll of old player piano music.
I found these at a local antique store recently. They were $1.25 per roll. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with them at the time but I figured for that price I could afford to speculate.
I painted an old gift box with the Fusion paint, wrapped it in a strip of player piano music that had been folded in half, and then added a layer of painted ribbon (plain white ribbon that is also painted with the Fusion Copper) over that.
I layered painted shipping tags with book pages to create my tags.
I used the full width of the player piano music to dress up this larger gift box that was simply wrapped in plain brown craft paper.
I especially saved the very beginning of the roll for this box so that I could feature the label.
The copper paint and the brown craft paper work beautifully together. The dichotomy between the utilitarian craft paper and the shimmering metallic really works. I used painters tape to tape off stripes for this next package.
In addition to painted paper and boxes, I also painted a brown craft paper gift bag, which was then stuffed with some more player piano music. You can also see that I stenciled copper snowflakes onto one package. And while I had the paint out anyway I painted that reindeer who started out a more garish gold color. I much prefer him in copper!
I may have produced my gift wrap on a budget, but I don’t think it looks that way. What do you think? I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative with your gift wrapping this year!