TIP: Great Wrapping Idea

This Parents magazine idea for gift wrapping is terrific for thrifters.

Parents magazine sent out a link to an article on “23 Clever Wrapping Ideas” today and one idea, in particular, caught my eye.  Nearly all of the suggestions were crafty and cute but one stood out as the perfect wrapper for a devoted thrift shopper like myself.

The Santa’s belt concept is high impact, easy to implement and inexpensive. Use red wrapping paper around your package, or really any color, and then strap a leather belt around it as your trim.

I’m headed out tomorrow to grab as many leather belts I can find, given that they are usually in the 10-cent price range and I still have a bunch of gifts to wrap. Certainly much cheaper than grosgrain or wire ribbon!

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