Elizabeth Magee of "Craft E. Magee" and Julee Lair of D.I.Y. Louisville share some ideas for last minute gifts and creative gift wrapping.
If you find that you're down to the last minute and have run out of a few gift wrapping essentials, don't fret; You probably have a few items on hand that you can use in a pinch.
Paper bags make the perfect gift wrap and they pretty much give you a blank canvas to create any look you want. Plus, recycling is just a cool thing to do. Cut your bag open, flip any logos to the inside (if you want), and now you have the perfect wrapping paper base for drawing, doodling, stamping, painting, and creating your own custom look. Of course, leaving the brown paper au naturale is pretty, too.
Creating snowflakes from white paper or coffee filters is as easy as a few snips from your scissors, and they look pretty atop any package.
You can create the look of ribbon from thin strips of wrapping paper or any colored paper. Cool maps or magazine photos can be cut and used for adornments or gift tags.
Last-minute gifts can be stressful, but fleece scarves can be made really easily. They are simple and sure to please any recipient! All you need is some fleece fabric and scissors for fringed scarves, or fleece, scissors, and thread and needle for scarves with pockets.
For the fringed scarf:
Cut out a long rectangle from your fleece fabric (Fleece can be found in numerous patterns or solid colors at local craft stores). The scarf I made is 76 inches long (I measured this based on my desired length) and 9 inches wide. After you have the scarf size you want, simply make vertical cuts every few inches to add fringe. The other option aside from the fringe scarf is the pocket scarf.
To make the pocket scarf, repeat the above steps minus cutting the vertical fringe pieces. Take a coordinating piece of fleece fabric (like this solid black) and cut two pockets. My pockets measured 6.75 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide. Again this was based on my personal hand size. Pin these squares about 5 inches from the bottom of each end of the scarf, and sew along the bottom and right and left sides, leaving an opening on the top for your hands. I can actually fit my whole hand in each pocket (although with my thumbs out in the picture it looks deceptively small). These pockets are perfect to keep your hands safe from the cold and chill as you walk outside this Winter. The fleece is super warm and so versatile, which is an ideal quality for these scarves.
Marker mugs are so easy and can be customized for each person! All you need is a plain ceramic mug (be sure it is oven and food safe), a pencil, and permanent markers!
First, clean your mug and then pencil sketch your idea. The pencil marks can be erased or cleaned with soap and water if you mess up. When you are ready, use a permanent marker to draw directly onto the cup. Last, heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your mug for 30 minutes to set the ink. This gift would be perfect with a bag of coffee to the caffeine fanatic that you know and love. Maybe you will make one for yourself!
If hand washed, these mugs will last a long time.