Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Way #24: Versatility Is Your BFF

(One Box, Ten Ways)

My tip for purchasing stuff: make sure that you can use it for lots of occasions.

Don't put your money into a 900 yard roll of snowman ribbon when it's gonna sit for 11 months out of the year. Sure, it'll last you forever, but do you really want to see that pattern for the next decade?

No. No you don't.

When simple designs, like black and white polka dot paper, go half off? Grab a roll. Sure, it's labeled "Christmas Shoppe," and of course you can use it for holiday wrapping, but THEN come spring, it can be your no-brainer choice for baby showers too. Or birthdays. Or weddings. Or whatever.

Just for fun, I thought I'd take the same box with the same "base" and see what I could come up with. Nothing fancy, just kraft paper and a leftover piece of red gingham fabric. Pretend that it's ribbon. Or don't, and realize that you can use fabric scraps instead of ribbon.

They're the perfect ingredients for Christmas,

and then come January they won't have to be banished to the attic. Those two can get you all the way through the year. Play on, playas.


  1. Love the idea of polka-dots for Christmas wrapping. That looks great!

  2. Great post! Now I'm dying to go out and re-vamp my collection of wrapping papers.

  3. I love how you can make one pkg look so different! Everyday I'm excited to see what you came up with, and today was a favorite. Can't wait to wrap my Christmas gifts this year with some of your ideas! Thanks!


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