Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I've Got My Hanukkah Gifts, Now What Do I Wrap Them In?

A friend and fellow blogger challenged me to write a blog article this season for #hanukkahhoopla - an opportunity for those of us of the Jewish faith to blog about Hanukkah this holiday season.  She thought it would be fun for me to write something about paper and how it ties into Hanukkah.  Well, in my world there are two ways - wrapping/gift paper and scrapbook paper.

I think it would be more fun to talk about wrapping/gift paper since it is the season of gift giving and figuring out what to wrap all those presents can be a challenge, especially when 98% of the wrapping paper out there is red, green and decorated for Christmas.  (No offense to my non-Jewish friends, family and colleagues - I get it and respect it.) 

So I purchased all my presents and checked my supply of wrapping paper - OUT!  I guess I forgot to pick some up at the end of the holiday season last year when it was all on sale.  So I went to my local bulk club retail store.  Guess what, they didn't have any.  Next stop was my local craft supply stores and all I could find was one or two different pattern bolts to choose from along with clear, blue and silver celophane wrap and plain paper.  They also had bags that were blue and white, blue and gold and other Hanukkah themed colors, but nothing that really stood out.

I wanted something more unique and not necessarily from the Hallmark store or Toys R Us,  so I checked out following places - The Container Store (and if you don't have a store near you try and Paper Source.  They had nice options, but I wanted something a little more personal.  I thought why not try making my own. 

So here is a quick and simple way to make your own wrapping paper.  If you have brown paper bags from the grocery store (which most of us do), Hanukkah stamps and stickers you have the perfect beginnings of your own green, unique and personal wrapping paper.  To begin, cut the bags down the side and open them up .

Then take any Hanukkah stickers (or stamps) you may have from either your scrapping/craft collection or if you don't have them you can generally find them at a local craft store or online if you search Hannukah stickers and stamps, and randomly place them all over the paper.

When you're done you should have a colorful, homemade piece of wrapping paper that is both unique to you (and or your child) and on the enviornmentally friendly side.  If the box or gift is bigger than a large grocery bag, don't be affraid to tape two or more bags together to make it fit your gift.

If you don't have brown paper bags, you may want to try tissue paper.  My daughter came home with a Hanukkah present she made for us at school and they used tissue paper instead of brown paper bags.  It was really cute.

They even made the card from a piece of construction paper die-cut into a dreidel. 

When you're finished wrapping the package, you can finish it off with blue, silver or gold bows and ribbon.

This is just one way you can create personal and unique wrappings for the perfect presents you spent hours trying to find.  I'm sure many of you have other creative ideas that incorprate paper.  I'd love to hear about them. 

Also, I hope this has inspired some of you to go out and try something a little different this year when wrapping your gifts.  You can even get your children involved - have them decorate the paper and then use that to wrap any presents they maybe giving as gifts to their friends, parents, grandparents and/or teachers.  I'm sure the gift receiver will probably love it.  I know I did.

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Happy Hanukkah!


  1. Rish! You are so right! It's so hard to find good wrapping paper, and when it's gone, it's gone! What a great craft for all the craft-critters out there! ;-)

  2. I wish I could've read this yesterday, when I was looking at my son's first present going, "Oh, hey, wrapping paper would be a nice thing to have!"

    (This was very similar to my response to Target's lack of Hanukkah candles: "How do you have so many hanukkiah and so NO candles to put in them?!" And yet, the evening turned out just fine. ;)

  3. That is a good idea. I never thought about decorating the wrapping paper, but I am wrapping challenged.

  4. Adorable! The card too! And I'm glad Renee connected us. This is my first link-up and it's been fun.

    -no prize for me! ;)

  5. What a great idea! I actually find myself buying less wrapping paper in the stores these days. I like making my own things out of what I have. I'll definitely be using your idea when I wrap my Hanukkah gifts for family this week.

  6. I mentioned on the Kveller twitter party that I don't wrap gifts. I tell myself that I am being good to the Earth, when really I just stink at wrapping. But my kids (and hey! who doesn't?) enjoy unwrapping presents. I think the tissue paper wrapping will be particularly forgiving towards my lack of talent! @AMegaliLife

  7. I'm a big fan of the kids decorating packages. While I do stock both Hanukkah and Christmas wrapping, I love tinfoil, brown bags, and even just ribbon for most gifts. The kids feel like it's more of "their" gift to give if it looks like it's from them to begin with. Great idea! @kdwald

  8. I love the idea of using found items or various things around the house as packaging for presents. Not only can it be more personal, but it's super green, too! And what a great project to to with kids. That's like, win win win!

  9. {Sigh} You are amazing! We've been using old calendar art to wrap presents lately, since we (for some reason) keep our old calendars. But this is far more pretty, unique, and a great personal touch to a gift. Can't wait to try this!

  10. this sounds great... i wrap them in the sunday funnies ;) can't wait to try this! @redsoxdad

  11. I bought plain white wrapping paper at the Dollar Store and let my kids decorate the packages with markers and stickers. It's great because you can use the white paper for any occasion and the kids just decorate it accordingly. They love to make their own designs on the packages, too!