by Grace Bonney FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST Psst: if your’e looking for some budget-friendly gift wrap ideas, D*S editor Kate Pruitt is rounding up her favorites over at Currency. Click here for the full post…. Kristina says: December 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm Last night I used an old calendar of mine for wrapping: http://plixi.com/p/64324453 Bought a bag of bows from a dollar store, splurged on some candy labels for $3…bringing my total cost for alternative wrapping paper to $4.00. Reply Tammy Hawkins says: December 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm This is a great post! Another suggestion – instead of buying kraft paper and adding more paper purchasing, a few weeks before you start wrapping gifts, choose paper bags over plastic grocery bags. The inside of these brown bags can turn into wrapping and with some beautiful ribbon (preferably saved from other presents!) it can be just as beautiful as anything. For an added flair, crumple the brown paper from the bag repeatedly (ball it up, flatten it out, ball it up, etc. for about 3-5 minutes) until the paper is as soft as fabric! Reply Bryan says: December 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm This is how I wanted to wrap my gifts this year! Where is a good place to get craft paper? I looked at AC Moore yesterday and they don’t carry it. Reply grace says: December 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm hi bryan! kraft paper, like the brown kind? you can find it at hardware stores and butchers sometimes, but you can also find it at michael’s craft stores, office depot or staples: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/563878/Office-Depot-Kraft-Paper-Roll-30/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-Mailroom_Supplies-_-563878&mr:trackingCode=3FF13C1B-EC81-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA http://www.officemax.com/office-supplies/shipping-mailing-supplies/kraft-paper/product-prod250006?cm_mmc=GBase-_-Office%20Supplies-_-Shipping%20and%20Mailing%20Supplies-_-Kraft%20Paper&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=20198670 lots of cool options here: http://www.kraftoutlet.com/store/Default.asp grace :) Reply AdrianQ says: December 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm I started wrapping presents with grocery bags and cotton twine back in college, inspired in part by My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music (pretty brown packages tied up with string) and also due to the fact I was broke. :) I still do it this way as it’s a lovely way to wrap; seeing all those lovely packages under the tree is really nice. The fastest way to process a paper bag is to flatten the bag, pull the handles straight out (to minimize tearing), then cutting away one side with a sharp knife. (Serrated usually works better than straight) When you get to the bottom, cut the entire bottom rectangle out, as it’s too thick to use. You’ll be left with a perfectly straight, medium-sized piece of paper. If it’s too big, find the closest fit to one of the pre-folded sections and cut along there. Use brown-colored plastic packing tape, tie the string around and you’re done! Reply Kim says: December 22, 2010 at 7:42 am I like to use 50 cent baskets or wooden boxes to hold gifts instead of using any sort of wrapping paper. It looks awesome, it’s usually cheaper than paper, and it’s highly reusable! Reply Trish says: December 22, 2010 at 8:10 am Dont forget the dolller store!!!! I got everything to wrap my gifts there. Reply Carena says: December 26, 2010 at 12:57 am Loved these ideas, but I would also love to find a source for really cool, reusable, cloth gift bags. Any ideas?? Reply LEAVE A COMMENT Cancel reply Comment Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.