Friday, April 13, 2007

Frugal Fridays- Cheap and Easy Basket Filler

I love the crinkled paper shreds that you can buy to fill gift bags and baskets. Yes, they're messy, but they look cool-especially when they are going to someone else's house!LOL!

I keep all the tissue paper, shreds and stuff that I receive in gift bags and baskets to re-use. But when doing my husband's little Easter basket last weekend, I really wanted some green "grass" shreds to fill it up. I didn't have any and I wasn't about to run out to the store to buy something like that!

So I used my paper shredder(the one you use to shred important documents). I cleaned it out first and then shredded some old green paper of a couple different shades. It filled up the basket and worked great!

You can use any leftover paper for this. Used colored envelopes, scrapbooking paper, construction paper, tissue paper, even the newspaper if you so desire.

It's a great way to use something you already have on hand!

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Jen said...

I never thought to do this--what a great idea!!

Mommy said...

That is a great idea! We don't have a paper shredder, but my husband wants to get one for shredding mail. So if he ever gets one, I'll keep this tip in mind!
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Tessa said...

Oh, no! I just accidentally duplicated this idea for works for me Wednesday. It wasn't intentional! :)

Mary Ann said...

That's ok, Tessa! I know many people already do this!:-)