Creative Alternatives to Christmas Gift Wrappers and Decorations to Use at Home

Christmas is around the corner, and because Singapore is coming to life with the spirit of the holidays, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t up the ante with your own ideas for gift wrappers and decorations this year.

However, you don’t always have to buy new ones every year – or even at all. Follow this guide for some awesome ideas for gift wrappers and decorations you can easily use.

Gift Wrappers
No need to rush to the department store – here are a few creative ideas for gift-wrapping that you can do with materials that you already have at home:

1. Recycled Cloth
Recycled cloth is can be just as ornate as any store-bought gift wrapper when paired with a color-coordinated ribbon, but cord or twine would also do just fine, especially when it comes to gift-wrapping wine bottles.

2. Music Sheets
Music sheets will always be a favorite for paper gift bags, if you or the recipient of the gift has a penchant for playing sweet tunes.

3. Newspaper/Magazine
Who knew two sheets of newspaper, cardstock, and cord would also make for interesting wrapping with the eye-catching headlines and fonts?

4. Gift Card Envelopes
Origami paper and paper doilies are a great way to give your gift envelopes a unique and more personal touch.

Decorations
In lieu of a Christmas tree and store-bought decorations, there are many ways you can spruce up your home for the holidays without rushing to the department store or straining your budget too much. Here are some ways you can do that:

1. Book Trees
If you have too many books at home to count, you can arrange them into a Christmas tree of your own and string lights around them to light up your living room. Just be careful to not rip out their pages.

2. Music Sheets
Music sheets aren’t just great as gift wrappers – they can also be versatile as decorations that you can separate into separate sheets and hang as banners on the wall for a more musically-themed December.

3. Mirror Trees
Stack anything from old shoeboxes of the same color to books of different sizes to form a triangular half of a Christmas tree, and let the mirror do the rest. This is perfect if you prefer to add a slice of optical illusions to your quirky holiday decor.

4. Old Picture Frames
Picture frames can also be a great way to add to the Christmas cheer – you can paint them in any combination of bright colors that you want, or even add photos of past Christmas celebrations if you’re the nostalgic type.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

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