The other night, I joked on Facebook that my “alone” time was spent at Wal Mart. It was one of those moments when I realized just how much my life has changed since little man was born. Before, I think I probably went to Wal Mart once or twice a year. Now, it’s a little more frequent. The funny thing was all the comments left by other mommies who could relate–it made me feel better that we’re all going through the good and not-quite-as-good parts of motherhood together.
The upside of my shopping experience was that I found my Christmas gift wrap inspiration. I was in the sewing section to look for some buttons, and I happened to pass the yarn aisle. I guess since more people are into knitting, the yarn selection is much broader than it was the last time I noticed. (Not sure when the last time I noticed the yarn section was, but it’s been awhile. Does anyone else remember finger chains? 1985? Anyone? Nicole? Bree?)
So, the yarn is my inexpensive gift wrap inspiration. Cheap and infinite possibilities for creativity.
Here are a few examples I came up with–even though only one of these has a real gift inside the box! If I waited until all of my Christmas shopping was done, this post wouldn’t be in time to help anyone.
All of these were pretty quick and easy. The gift with the initial of the recipient is one of my favorites, and it was very simple: a little yarn, a few dots of glue, and shaping the letter. And did I mention cheap? I mean inexpensive. Each ball of yarn was $2 or $3 and at 170 and 364 yards, they will last forever. Or almost forever.
I was really wishing I had done more (some) Christmas shopping so I could come up with more ideas for the yarn. There’s only so many fake gifts one can wrap without feeling ridiculous.
Please leave me a comment if you end up using this idea–I would love to see what you come up with! Check back soon for more gift wrap ideas!