Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Use What You Have Valentine's Wrapping

I needed to wrap a little something for my sweetheart. As is often the case, I didn’t want to run out and buy wrapping paper. That would just waste money and gas. Besides, as a minimalist, I didn’t want to bring stuff into the house. So I told myself, “Don’t you dare buy wrapping paper!” and scavenged about for something I could use.
 
I found a brown paper bag in the recycle pile, and I had a wee bit of embroidery thread left. With a box in which to put the gift, and scissors, needle, pencil, and a needle threader (because embroidery floss is hard to thread!), I had all I needed to wrap Dear Husband’s gift.
Simple supplies I found around the house.

The first thing I did was wrap the box without taping or gluing the paper into place. I needed to know where to decorate it. (Somewhere other than the bottom would be nice!) And I needed to be able to take the paper back off the box in order to embroider it.
I wrapped the box without taping or gluing the paper into place.

Then I very lightly sketched a simple design, in this case a pair of overlapping hearts. (Squint, and you might see the penciled hearts in the image!)
Awww, hearts.:-)

I used the needle to poke holes along the outline of the hearts being careful not to place the holes too close together because then the paper might tear when I sewed it.
Poke . . . poke . . . poke. . . .

With three strands of embroidery thread, I used the chain stitch to embroider the heart outlines. If you’re not familiar with the chain stitch, here’s a tutorial from SublimeStitching.

Oops, I pulled the thread too hard at one point and ripped the paper. It was an easy fix. I simply taped the paper together on the back side where it wouldn’t show.
Like a Band-Aid on a boo-boo.:-)

After I finished embroidering the paper, I used it to wrap DH's gift, and I was all done!
All done and ready to give to my sweetie.<3

Make this day even better! Consider:


  • This past week in my ongoing decluttering of the garage, I had to get rid of a bunch of old paint cans, some half full, some rusting away. We are fortunate enough to have a county landfill that takes household hazardous materials. If you had to dispose of something like old paint, would you know where to go?

14 comments:

  1. You are very creative. I collect brown paper bags to use as wrapping papers, but never thought to sew on them. :)
    We can also take hazardous materials to the county landfill. And I take old CFL bulbs to Home Depot.

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    1. I didn't know Home Depot took old CFL bulbs! That's a heck of a lot closer to our house than the landfill. Thanks for the tip, and thanks for commenting!

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  2. This is so lovely, Priscilla! You're so creative, I love getting ideas from your blog :-)

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    1. Rachel, how sweet of you to say. And I enjoy the simple-living ideas from your blog! Thanks for stopping by.:-)

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  3. Very pretty, but when I first looked at it, I thought you had just made a chain and then glued to the paper in the heart shape. You chose a much more exacting way (spoken by someone who doesn't have that kind of patience!😉)

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    1. Haha, now why didn't I think of that short cut?:-) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. We went to our local recycling centre yesterday and returned a 6 month supply of cans, cartons and bottles. -- for about $12 back. They also take glass jars which we can't put out curbside as well as paint cans, curly fluorescent lightbulbs and some electronics. It does require that a resident have a car to be able to do this. Our present municipality doesn't take yard waste curbside but it does take kitchen waste and paper and cardboard. We have to go to another centre (and pay) to get rid of yard waste. Our garbage allotment is a small 20 litre container every 2 weeks and it's a challenge to manage with that so we recycle and re-use everything we can.

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    1. I like the idea of a garbage allotment. We have no such thing here, and you would not believe the HUGE trashcans emptied every Tuesday morning on our street. I think with an allotment we would all be smarter about the waste we produce. Thanks for stopping by, Kira.

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  5. This is so creative & cute! Great idea!
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I had fun doing it.:-)

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  6. What a creative soul you have, Priscilla! Love the idea of stitching instead of sticking, but I'm not sure I have the fingers for it. Our local recycling centre has a special bin for paints and other toxics, but I'm not sure what happens to the cans from there. We have a community facebook page where you can give and ask for free stuff and half-cans of paint often appear there. We all need to be more imaginative.

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    1. Thank you, Julia! That's pretty neat about your community facebook page. In fact, that's a brilliant idea. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  7. Wow, that's such a good idea!! And it's so pretty, too! :D I have never bought Valentine's Day wrapping paper in my life. I have wrapped my gifts in tissue paper - I don't know if it was a trick my mum taught me, or something I picked up as a youngster, trying to secretly wrap chocolates with no help from parents. :P Some pieces of tissue paper I have used for at least ten years - I generally don't use tape, just ribbons; or if I need tape, then a super tiny piece that is small enough to take off and not rip the paper.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, H.L.! Hey, you are the queen of thrift if you can make thin, delicate tissue paper last ten years! I'm impressed! I'm glad you stopped by.:-)

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