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I did not buy any wrapping paper or bows this year. Instead I embellished grocery bags, brown paper lunch bags, and used up the leftover driftwood paper from the Punch Advent Calendar. To give the driftwood paper a little decorative edge, I made paper ruffles in a yummy chartreuse color.
To create the pleated ruffle, I started with a piece of chartreuse wrapping paper that measured 12 x 24 inches. This paper is about the thickness of normal printing paper. It is not a flimsy wrapping paper.
I used the scoring blade on my paper cutter to score the paper at 1/2″ and 1″ alternating intervals. You score the paper at 1/2″, 1.5″, 2″, 3″, 3.5″, 4.5″ and so on. The space between scores will alternate between 1/2″ and 1″ spacing. Then you simply fold the paper in alternate directions to create the pleats. I cut my pleated paper in 2 inch strips. Then to hold the pleats, I used my sewing machine to stitch right down the center of each strip. For some of the larger packages, I joined two strips together in one longer strip as I stitched them. I taped the paper ruffles around the packages. I finished them off with some white twine and a small tag to write the recipients name.
On a few of the other driftwood packages shown, I used extra card stock leaves from the DIY lacing cards as gift tags. The white leaves looked great against the driftwood paper.
I also used monograms on a few of the gifts. The brown paper monograms were leftover from the other monogramed gift wrap I created with brown paper bags and scrapbook paper. I saved the cutouts to use as tags on other presents.
I am very pleased with how the whole collection of gifts turned out…no commercial gift wrap or bows! I will admit sometimes I spend more time on the gift wrap then I do on the gift, but I think presentation is important :)