I got some mail the other day, so I decided to use that as wrapping paper. As you can see, I cut the back off the big envelope. Look at my cute child-sized scissors!
I then took out my coloured pencils and cut a little strip off the envelope. I coloured in in with the white coloured pencil because I figured it would make it look less like an envelope.
Here you can see I wrote "Happy Birthday" on the little strip of paper. I used a regular pencil to trace out the words before I went over it in coloured pencil. It's not super obvious here, but I made the first letter of both words a little bit thicker than the rest. It's small, but it looks quite nice in person.
Because all Millennials have a streak of hipster in them, I had some twine lying around. The wrapping job wasn't so great because I didn't have any tape to make it neat. Thankfully the box was small enough I could hold the paper down with one hand while trying to get the bow done. It's not the neatest job in the world, but we're all broke college students anyways.
I ended up adding an accent to the edges of the corners of the "card" to make it a little fancier. Doesn't it look nice? I think it looks homemade which makes people think you really like them and put a lot of care into what you did. In reality, I'm just too cheap to get tissue paper and all that jazz... but they don't have to know that!
Do you ever do creative little things to cut corners?