Monday, July 12, 2010

Simple personalized wrapping paper

You know you're cheap when . . . you won't pay for a dollar store gift bag and card for a graduation gift.

Normally, The Dollar Tree is my favorite frugal source for getting a gift together. But, when the graduation gifts mount to three or four at a time, even the cheapo cards and bags start to add up. Plus, it's easy to mix the gifts up when it's three identical gifts being carted off to one shared graduation party.

So we made personalized wrapping paper and cards using Microsoft Word, tape, scissors and a cut-up black folder.

Simply repeat the recipient's name over and over in a Word document. (If you like, add a big set of initials as we did.) Print and tape a few together.

We cut vaguely card-shaped rectangles out of the black folder, folded them in half and added white paper to the inside to make cards.

Instructions for making the ribbon are here.

The wrapping was a surprise hit of the party. People came over and took pictures of it.

They were obviously unfamiliar with the depths that some people will go to save a buck.


  1. Ah but you SPENT time...and that's even better than spending the buck.

  2. Heather - Dollar Store CraftsJuly 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Nice & modern!! Is that Helvetica?

  3. Caroline @ The Feminist HousewifeJuly 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Soo cool! What a creative personal touch. Bravo!

  4. It is very amazing. What a brilliant idea. That is beautiful. It looks very simple but still it is presentable. It can be use in any occasion.

  5. This is right up my alley! Love it!!

  6. Very awesome! Last time I needed to wrap a gift by the time I bought the wrapping paper, card and bow, it was more than the cost of the gift. Well maybe I am exagerating a little. This is a great idea.

  7. What a lovely way to present a gift. Very thoughtful and thrifty.

  8. This looks really great - Thoughful, personalized and thrifty..I Love it!