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Tuesday, January 21

Thinking Outside the Box - 5 Great Things to Do With Wrapping Paper

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My very first job was wrapping gifts for a little department store & I've loved wrapping & paper ever since! There are so many beautiful paper designs on the market & so many other things to do with them than just wrapping boxes. 

Here are a few fun projects that might inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to using gift wrap . . . 

1 - A Backdrop for Photos
It's a lot less expensive than fabric & easier to adhere to the wall.

2 - Transform a Filing Cabinet or Piece of Furniture
The cabinet below was done with Mod Podge. 

3 - Create an Artsy Grouping
Scrapbook paper was actually used in the project below {Mod Podged on stretched canvases}. But a similar effect could be created with coordinating gift wrap paper.  Frames could also be used. 

4 - Table Runners & Placemats
Again, so much less expensive than fabric & it can be cut to fit awkward sized plates {like the square ones below}. Plus, clean up is so easy - just throw it away!

5 - Temporary Wallpaper
That's right - with a few carefully-placed staples, gift wrap can be used as temporary wallpaper. It is best used on a smallish wall like how my friend, Wendy from The Shabby Nest used it. In the photo below, she spiffied up her mud room area. {CLICK HERE} to see her post about it. She said her "faux wallpaper" actually lasted a long time! {Make sure to use a nice, thick paper for a project like this.}

And there you have it. For the record, my favorite gift wrap is called "All Wrapped Up" {based out of Layton, Utah}. I also love the wrapping paper sold at Hobby Lobby from about summer through Christmas {in the Christmas section}. Both have simple, two color patterns on big rolls - plus the paper is nice & thick!
All Wrapped Up wrapping paper - SO pretty!

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  1. Great ideas, Michelle! I used it once as a table runner on my party food table. It was amazing how it changed the look. I love how you can basically have any color or pattern of 'tablecloth' you want!

    1. Hi Cindy, Thanks so much for stopping by. Isn't wrapping paper the best for parties? Can't wait to see you again at SNAP!

      Warmly, M

  2. All Wrapped Up is actually based out of Layton. I can tell you because the owner is my neighbor. :)

    1. Hi Melissa, Thank you for letting me know. I will change it! Thanks for reading.

      Warmly, Michelle


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