Frugal Wrapping {Frugal Kid Craft}

by Jess on March 20, 2013

Frugal Wrapping CraftI don’t know about you but with two kids we always seem to be going to birthday parties or celebrating something.  It seems like in recent years, it’s become more about the packaging and wrapping paper, the card and ribbons can rival the cost of the gift itself.  Recently, we’ve opted to use recycled wrapping.  I’m not talking about wrapping your gifts in newspaper or magazines, although that is also a great option, especially if you happen to score the Sunday comics!  We’ve been using whatever we have handy in the house:  fabric, tissue paper, coordinating ribbons…anything goes!  A great place to get discounted items is your local Dollar Store.  If we know the theme or color scheme, we try to incorporate that for a little extra personalization.


  • Fabric or Tissue
  • Ribbon
  • A Lollipop in lieu of the traditional bow
  • Cardstock
  • Ink


  1. Wrap your gift with the tissue or fabric.
  2. Using contrasting ribbon, attach to your gift.
  3. Cut your cardstock in the shape of a circle or square and simply write the birthday recepient’s name on the front.
  4. Attach to your gift and get ready to party!

I love to put my kids in charge of the wrapping.  It’s about the thought and really, who knows their friends better than they do?

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Jess left her job to pursue her dream: changing diapers, cleaning the house, doing dishes, getting tons of sticky kisses, teaching and exploring with her two girls on the New England coast. She enjoys sharing her life - crafting, creating, parenting, venting and cooking on her blog Barefoot by the Sea.

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