There are lots of different things you can use when you run out of wrapping paper - newspaper, maps, and even aluminium foil. But one trick we sometimes use for small gifts is to photocopy fabric. We love our Canon all-in-one printer copiers which reproduce the colours pretty well. You can use just about any fabric you might have lying around or even iron out a favourite patterned skirt, dress or pillowcase! Just add ribbon or tape to finish the present off.
We have been experimenting with other uses for the beautiful paper that results from photocopied fabric. The idea for these paper boats came from the inspiring book Ganz in Liberty which is full of creative uses for liberty fabrics... we just wish we could read German! Wouldn't these boats look beautiful as place cards for a special party or even just sailing along a mantlepiece or sideboard? Paper chains and bunting can also be whizzed up quickly without having to take a trip to a shop for specialty papers.
So, get those machines warmed up and let us know what you make!
PS. If you need a refresher on how to make paper boats, you can find the instructions here.