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2011 Christmas Gift Wrap: Recycled Wrappers

This is the the last leg of my series on gift wrappings for this year.

I could not sleep and focus for several days because I did not know what to do. I did not know what to do with the 10 electric toothbrushes that I got for my nephews and nieces. Wrapping the brushes individually was a major fail.

Buying brand new paper bags was the last thing that I wanted. I almost did. In my frustration, I got the most plain paper bags that I could find under the kitchen counter, designed them and put all ten 10 brush inside. The plan was to get the kids to line up as I hand them their presents one by one.

Lucky me, in Pasig where I work, plastic bags are banned every Thursdays. Stores give out brown paper bags instead of plastics. I had been looking for these bags. I searched for them in National, SM grocery and in the wet market. I could not find any. I found packs of paper bags in Edsa Central Market but each pack has 100 pieces.

Anyhoo, back to the Thursday-no-to-plastic-day, I overdosed on cavendish bananas from MiniStop just so I could get brown bags. Unfortunately,  Aki woke up early yesterday so I was only able to dress up these bags.

From our family to yours, we wish you  Peace, Love and Light

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2011 Gift Wrap Part II: Accordion Circles and Doilies

Here is the part two of my 2011 Christmas gift wrapping series. There might be a part 3 and a part 4, if I find time tomorrow to take pictures and cover more presents.

Accordion circles. I have been seeing these circles as party decors. I think they look pretty on gifts too. Whatchatink?

Dainty doilies. I did not have time to buy them so I asked my SIL to get some from me when she went to SugarKraft BakeKraft, CookieKraft, this baking store in Mandaluyong.  Since they are only made of paper, I was expecting that a set would cost about 20 or 30 tops. But no! To my surprise, as set of ten costs 90 bucks. Although I still wish they cost less, I am quite happy with how they make anything, even a crumpled brown paper, look so dainty.

I am sure there are other stores that sell doilies at a cheaper price. I will try to find out. If you have leads, let me know ha.

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2011 Christmas Wrap: Red, White and Brown

This post most likely has lots of typographical and grammar errors. It is 12:40AM, way past my bed time.  I promised myself I will post all my Christmas related blog entries before the 25th. Because I might be busier starting tomorrow, I will post everything now.

I was sadder than sad last weekend. What could be worse than death of a loved one? Two deaths in a span of 3 days. I so want to visit them but the lamay are far.  I tried to distract myself from my sadness by focusing my energy into one of my favorite activies, gift wrapping.

Because I want the gifts to serve as decors, I am trying to stick to a color motif and theme. I used craft and pattern papers and pretty-fied the gifts by adding red and white embellishments.

Contrast: Rich Velvet and Faux Pearls. My officemates got the pearls from Divi for only 13 bucks per string

Rickracks are my current obsessions! I want a giant rickrack and sew it on our wall!

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Master (Gift) Wrapper

Merry Christmas!

Where did 2011 go?! Seriously!

Last Saturday morning, I slept at 1AM because I was in the zone.. for gift wrapping! Our motif this year, is blue, green and red. The theme is recycled from Aki’s baptism, FRUGALICIOUS!

These are the gift tags that Aki and I made.

These were for the exchange gift.

Whenever I ran out of ideas, my go to style is the spider web. Usually, I use happy colored strings but I had none last week.

This was for Aki.

And these are for the daughters of my mommy friends.

Close up

I used  newsprint paper. It was only 18 bucks for 50 sheets. The ribbons and tags were made from construction paper. And for the big flower for Sophie’s gift, I used crepe paper.

In case you want to see, I posted last year’s gift wrappings here.

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The Art of Crafty Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping

I am on a roll! This is my 4th post for today. I will be on leave from Dec 23 to Jan 2  but since Manang’s going home to Samar to celebrate the New Year’s day with her family, I am expecting that I would hardly be able to check my mails and update my blog.

Anyhoo, lately, I’ve been into crafts and DIY projects.

I personally wrapped most of our gifts. The smaller gifts, manang did but I was still in charge of embellishments. I used the materials that we already have  in the house: magazines, newspapers, blue ribbons (from Aki’s Christening and birthday gifts) and Japanese paper. Since our Christmas motif this year is blue, I tried to use blue and gray pages of newpapers and print outs.

Aren’t they pretty?

My concern now is bringing them to the office (and bringing the gifts from my officemate home) . The MRT guards require gifts to be opened. That I really don’t want to do because I spent 4 hours wrapping.

These two have paper pom-poms.

I like the contrast of newpaper and the blue velvet ribbon.

I was trying to achieve an artsy abtract-y fold here.

The bow is super easy to make. Just make four paper loops and tape them on top of each other.

And lastly, I am currently obsessed with paper snowflakes to the point that Rosie tells me to stop. Hehe

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