Guest Post by Erin Klones
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is wrapping presents. Every year, I put on my favorite Christmas movies (Elf and Christmas Vacation) and have a marathon wrapping session. But as much as a I love wrapping presents, I hate the thought of literally throwing away money on pricey wrapping paper that just gets tossed into the garbage.
So this year I decided to try an alternative to traditional holiday wrapping paper. I created my own frugal wrapping paper using fruits and veggies.
For this project you will need:
A roll of brown mailing paper ($1 at Dollar Tree)
A variety of fruits and veggies
I used cookie cutters to cut shapes into the potatoes (an old trick I remember from when my mom taught preschool). Just push the cookie cutters into a halved potato and use a paring knife to cut away the excess.
The other fruits and veggies, I just cut in half to create my stamps.
Pour a little bit of paint onto a paper plate, dip your chosen produce into the paint and start stamping.
I just love the interesting shapes that you get from the different items. The baby bok choy roses are definitely my favorite.
This is a great project for kids. Even my two year old did some stamping, and I’ve stashed away his masterpieces to wrap gifts for the Grandmas and Grandpas.
Leave a comment! What are your frugal alternatives to buying wrapping paper?
Erin Klones is a busy working mom and wife who loves a bargain! Her blog, Simply Frugal Mom, offers tips and information on crafts, recipes, coupons, organization, and other areas of frugal living.
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