The decorations are hung, the dinner menu is finalized, and gifts have all been bought.  Now all that’s left to do is wrap them up and tuck them under the tree.  You reach into the depths of your wrapping paper supply, and you pull out wedding paper, baby shower paper, over-the-hill paper….  Oh no, you’re out of Christmas wrapping paper!  There are four options at this point:  1) Brave going to the store in the last few days before Christmas and risk life and limb (not to mention spending an hour in line) to make it through the checkouts; 2) Go with the Bert and Ernie birthday paper and hope no one notices; 3) Panic; or 4) Improvise!  Jessica from How About Orange dug some newspaper out of her recycling bin and fashioned it into some simple, sturdy gift bags.  I don’t know about you, but I would be diving straight into the Sunday comic pages for this project!  [how to make recycled newspaper gift bags]

Project estimate:

  • Newspaper, on hand
  • Cardstock or chipboard, on hand or $1
  • Glue, on hand
  • Hole punch, on hand
  • String or ribbon, on hand

Total:  Free and up