Step 1: Some School Stationery.
Step 2: Let's Draw Something
I took one sheet of paper out of the bunch, I looked at my presents and decided which to wrap. In this case I had a nice photo frame, a bit bigger than my paper sheet, so I took two sheets and decorated them in the same way, glued them together and wrapped the frame. I noticed that the tiny holes where the staples kept the sheets in place were to be seen, so I coloured a thin paper stripe imitating a golden lace and glued it in place. As I saw that my present was a bit sad, I remembered that I still had some long tea bag sealers so I took one, wrapped it around a marker and made a cute spiral which I taped to the present.
Step 3: More Patterns.
It doesn't have to be so elaborated. Sometimes the present itself gives a fine shape once wrapped. In this case the wrapping made the present look like a little coffer. Nice enough to add one little decoration: I was making some paper stars for my Christmas tree, so I took one of them and glued it to the present.
Step 4: Brown Paper Bags Gave the Idea
Step 5: Box Pattern
These are cute boxes for tiny presents. I tried to take photos while making them, but I made a mess out of the whole thing and I gave up. I think these boxes are well explained in some origami instructables (I hope).
Anyway, before making them I used white paper, decorated it and folded it according to the instructions I took from an old magazine. But once the little presents were inside, I had to use some extra paper to close the box. I think the one on the right looks lovely.
Step 6: Be Creative.
I bought a scarf holder in a perfectly rounded flower shape..yes! a rounded shape makes me think because it is not so carefree to wrap it so that it looks beautiful. So I took two pieces of notebook paper, drew some patterns, glued them together, placed the rounded scarf holder in the middle to measure the space needed, took it out again and built a rectangular "box" for it using a book of about the same size; it was almost like wrapping the book, only that I was using its shape to make the rectangle. I sealed the lower ends with tape, then I punched two holes in the upper end, placed the scarf holder with its hook out of the box and used a stripe of silver lace to close it.
The long green present attached to the surface, is a liquid eyeliner wrapped as a candy.
So as you can see, the presents don't look sooooo bad. Ok, I admit..they don't look like Christmas presents at all, but the whole idea is fun: the wrapping paper is unique in design, easy to decorate, you help declutter your home every time you use tiny bits of this or that and if you are like me, you find joy and peace of mind while creating something useful.