I find it a waste of time to actually go to a store and buy a wrapping paper for any gift. If we look closely there are so many things in and around our home that we can recycle and reuse for wrapping up gifts. I always believe in using existing items than to buy new stuff.
It could be an old gift wrapping paper, a paper bag, magazine papers, newspaper or even an old cloth!
Here are some examples of gifts that I have wrapped with things that I had available with me.
With some ruffled white tissue & a stamped card, the earring box is ready to be placed inside the bag.
No. I haven't bought this wrapping paper from Pottery Barn, infact I made it out of a Pottery Barn catalogue! Tore about 8 pages, glued them together and wrapped it around. Made a pretty flower out of golden tissue with a crystal in the centre. Black ribbon to hold it all together. Now who wouldn't like such a nice gift! By the way the gift is the mother and child painting that I made for my friend and her daughter.
I wrapped this gift for my Valentine. The gift is wrapped with cloth that I had, using the Japenese Furoshiki Wrapping Technique. Attached a love note and a croquet flower to complete it. Sweet!.