The Gifted Blog

September 4, 2009

Free Idea Friday: Fresh & Easy

Who doesn't like a free idea? Here's a wrapping idea using materials that are free and plentiful!

A Fresh & Easy market just opened near our house and they've been sending store fliers every week. Noticing the bright colors and modern-looking design, I got excited to use it as gift wrap.

I wrapped the box on the diagonal for added interest, which turned out to be a bit tricky. A corner of the ad got chopped in the process of trying to make a clean fold.

In keeping with the grocery store theme, I took out some produce bags from the Armenian market. These ones are undecorated and fairly heavy-duty. Instead of following the cutting instructions from the tutorial I used for my last pom-pom, I cut the bag in one, continuous line starting from the top.

I made the pom-pom. Next, I used a wide band of bag in place of a ribbon, and tied the pom-pom around it to cinch the band.

A handmade tag made out of junk mail paper provides the finishing touch. It was spontaneously decorated with an image of Fresh & Easy popcorn chicken from that corner of paper that had to be cut off. Fun!

So, there you have it, free gift wrap! Of course, you can use any variation of grocery store flier and plastic bag that you like. Is this something you can see yourself giving someone? What are your free ideas for gift wrapping?


  1. This is awesome. Not sure if I can make those pom-poms though!

  2. Thanks, E. Chen!

    Remember when you came to our Claremont apartment and we wrapped a CD you were giving to someone? I remember that being very satisfying.

    It's actually one of the reasons I decided to start playing around more with wrapping! I was thinking of times I had worked with my hands and really enjoyed it...that time and another time helping Andrew with a gift came to mind.


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