Wednesday, December 2, 2015


You know how there
are mundane things like
that need to be wrapped?
And sometimes
you don't want to just
stick them in box
with a bow on it.
With a little extra work
you can make a really

I shared this idea two or three years ago
but thought it is worth a repeat
with wrapping season upon us.

Look! Here's a peek!
Want to know how I did it?
Here we go~
First you must get a sock..
well, make it a pair because
one sock won't work for
MOST people.
How about something like
Cute, huh?
Then you must find some of
those short peppermint sticks.
You can buy them 
or just chew the hook off candy canes.
Then let the
peppermint stick
the SOCK!
Before you can say
that peppermint stick
has jumped into the sock
and worked its way down
into the toe.
Can you see it there?
I've pinched it to make it stay
and now I am gonna roll
that little sucker up
into what I like to call
Well, GREAT, we have a
Now~ what the heck do we do with that?
There's another kinda roll
lying around my house
cuz I've been saving them.
Used toilet paper rolls.
No..No..Not used toilet paper..
Used up empty rolls.
They look like this when they are naked.
Don't worry about that little bit of
white tissue left-you won't see it soon.
Find some foil based wrapping paper.
Foil works best because you can
bend the edges down and you
don't have to glue/tape it
unless you want to go tape crazy.
Wrap the foil paper around
that roll leaving about 1/3"
extending over each end.
Simply bend the paper down
so that it overlaps the edge of the roll.
You will not see this when it is
done but you can glue/tape it 
if you like.
Sneak up on those socks and
stuff them in the roll.
A roll in a roll.
I'm just keeping myself rolling here!;>)
Remember you won't see this at the end.
Then, take some sweet tissue paper
and cut an 18" x 18" piece~
or thereabouts.
Starting at one end,
roll that baby up and then
twist the ends so that it
looks like a big old fat
piece of taffy.
Laffy Taffy!
Now is that cute, or what?
I only need to tie a bit of ribbon
around the twist and I'm done.
And, when it's unwrapped
they will see the shiny foil roll
and NOT this..
Cuz the only place we
REALLY want to see THAT
is HERE.
And we don't even really want
to see it here because that
would mean that someone
like MyHero..
not pointing fingers here but it
has happened
has used the last piece on
the roll
 and neglected to replace
it and there is none to be found
making me want to scream
bad words...naughty words...
Now get rolling and wrapping
cuz it's DECEMBER and 
Christmas Is Coming!
And I'll just say a little prayer for you
to have to go to the bathroom
a whole lotta times
(if you need empty rolls
to wrap your socks)
cuz I am just nice like that!;>)
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Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Super cute idea Diana! I give my daughter socks every year (and the occasional lump of coal) and this would be such a fun presentation! Jane

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Cute, cute , cute! I don't think I'll pretty up the used that just for a second, they'll think that's what the gift is. Then I'll just laugh and laugh when I see their little disappointed eyes.... hugs...

Laurie said...

Cute idea!

Chatty Crone said...

Well if you didn't show me something again - and I am thinking of other things that could be wrapped that way too - you are a genius. Speaking of geniuses - I have a family of them (they know everything) lol - except how to change a toilet paper roll - I am the only one who can do that!

Kim said...

Super sweet. I love the idea of covering that ugly roll with pretty foil paper.

Kathy said...

As a matter of fact I am giving my sister some cute Christmas socks and I am going to do just this! Thanks for the idea.

Julie Smith said...


Connie said...

Cute, cute, cute, cute cute!
Those have got to be the best smelling socks around, LOL

Susie said...

Diana, I like this wrapping idea. Would be cute for kids to wrap up some socks for their friends, well girls...I think they would enjoy this. We may want to keep every toilet paper roll we can get, as I have seen a commercial where they are doing away with the rolls. What is this world coming too? LOL. The way T.P. is being made over...makes me think soon they will be selling us old phone books at super high prices , to use. Ewwee... LOL. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Kelly said...

You are full of creative ideas this Christmas! I love this one too. You could also use those toilet paper rolls for party favors filled with candy or something else small. Such a great idea.

Wild Oak Designs said...

Oh you have such cute ideas! Your wrapping is awesome...come wrap at my house!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love it! It is amazing how the simplest gift can become a glorious gift with the right wrapping, esp wrapped with love

Trisha said...

Love this idea and I love socks too!


Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Ding dang cute idea!!!

Christmas hugs!!!

living from glory to glory said...

Thanks, I needed that little peice of information... You are smart and funny and we always need more ideas to recycle empty tolite paper rolls!
This is the cutest idea yet! I did PIN it... Your all over Pinterest now ;o)
Hugs, Roxy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great idea. xoox Su

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Never would've thought of this, but now I'm giving socks this year!

Pura Vida said...

what a darling are a genius!

Art and Sand said...

What a darling way to wrap the socks.

One Christmas, we gave Steve's mother the money to purchase a new water heater. It wasn't an exciting gift, but one she desperately needed. To make it fun, we modeled a water heater out of a toilet paper roll and stuck the money inside.

Launna said...

That is a really cute way to wrap socks, I have never seen this before but I won't forget it for the future... plus the candy cane will make the socks smell like mints ... .lol xox

Musings from Kim K. said...

That really is a cute way to wrap socks and I definitely have a few pair of socks headed to some girls this Christmas.

Burlap Luxe said...

Fun and great idea, we have plenty of our share of rolls, I keep them for my paper projects.


racheld said...

AWWWW, DIANA!! You DO beat ALL. What a cute idea---I've done it the EASY way, without the roll and the foil and the candy, and it was just SOCKS. This is a PRESENT, all wrapped and important and shiny. We DO have a habit of immediately putting them on to run around the rest of Christmas Eve, for that's when the whole bunch gets together for a Pinto Bean Supper and our presents-to-each-other. Those of us "of the house" or whoever is spending the night open a few from each other on Christmas Morning. Feeds the Happy of both sides, for whatever their own Traditional Time For Presents was observed.

Happy December!!


The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a cute idea--kinda like English Christmas crackers! I Roll with laughter at your place, Diana. Thanks as always for your humor! xoxo ♥

Beatrice Euphemie said...

That is just the cutest idea, Diana! Such a fun post and so true about the empty roll not being replaced! It's either that or the phone rings.......haha! xo Karen

Lori said...

Super cute idea and great recycling too!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I just gave my sister all my empty rolls (don't ask why I had them, it's a hoarder thing) for her Hallowe'en decor. Maybe I'll have to save this idea for next year.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Cute wrapping idea Diana and in honor of your humor - who else would find a perfect recycle from TT rolls!

Pom Pom said...

Very crafty! One time someone told me that hamsters like to crawl into empty toilet paper rolls so you should save them for people who have hamsters. Now every time I change a roll I think of hamsters. My brain is scary.

Merlesworld said...

Cute idea, we all need socks.

Red Rose Alley said...
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Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I remember this when you posted it before. It's a clever idea, Diana. I bought Jess some socks for Christmas, and it's such a boring gift but she loves to get them. I like the candy cane wrapping that you used too.

You know, I'm not a big fan of pate either. When I tasted it, I thought it was different and ok - the kind she bought was a chicken pate with spices from Trader Joes (she loved it). But I couldn't eat more than a few bites. Not my cup of tea, but now I can say that I tried it!

love, ~Sheri

Missy George said...

Now ya tell me..Everybody got socks this year..I went to the dollar store and bought ten little boxes...Put a ribbon around them..No wrapping..

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

That is the cutest idea! Love your last line too....too funny!

Rose L said...

You are the Christmas creative gal!! You should have your own TV show!

Carla from The River said...

You are so fun. :-) Great ideas too.

Anonymous said...

Cute, Cute! Back during the summer I bought toilet paper without a cardboard roll (by accident) - really weird!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Cute idea, Diana!

White Lace and Promises said...

You are too funny and this is just adorable!

Amy said...

A very cure idea and really when you think about it, you are recycling at the same time! I've been saving those empty rolls for awhile for another craft, but I might have to try this little trick while I'm wrapping away....
Thanks for the giggle of the day!!
Hugs, Amy

Amy said...

That should have read cute, not cure. These darn phones!! Haha!

Amy said...

That should have read cute, not cure. These darn phones!! Haha!

Amy said...

A very cure idea and really when you think about it, you are recycling at the same time! I've been saving those empty rolls for awhile for another craft, but I might have to try this little trick while I'm wrapping away....
Thanks for the giggle of the day!!
Hugs, Amy

20 North Ora said...

.For some crazy reason, I always save the toilet paper rolls. I'm always thinking I can use them for something. But, they just keep piling up.
Love your sock idea! Great gift.


Nellie said...

This is such a clever, cute idea, Diana! Surely I would be able to come up with someone who could use some socks for Christmas! xo Nellie

Mindy said...

I remember when you first posted this. So cute. And there are A LOT of naughty words around here because apparently NO ONE in my house realizes when they've come to the end of a roll.

Kimberley Seasideave said...

I have never thought to use the toilet paper roll for wrapping socks and smaller items, this is so clever! And a great way to recycle too!
Love the wrapping paper and ribbon you used too, pretty...and it did look like Laffy Taffy! ;)
Have a wonderful Thursday!! Hugs!!

Gypsy Heart said...

I remember this one too! Great idea that I've forgotten ~ again. Appreciate the reminder!


Consider It All Joy said...

Well, I think I'll just 'roll' myself right into bed now that I know how to wrap my socks! Blessings, Cindy xo

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great idea fr socks - the rapping looks terrific. You are so clever, I would never have thought of this.
Hope everything is fine and your having a wonderful week.

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the tip, Diana! My hubby gets a new roll of toliet tissue and sits it on top of the 'hook' for me to are strange like that!
Praying all is going 'well' at your home!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

You have such neat ideas! Those TP rolls could be used for so many things. I need to start saving them. :)

tammy j said...

brilliant! it's so warm here though that the peppermint stick might get a little sticky in the sock!
it was shirt sleeve weather here today... and i'm longing for snow for christmas. ahhh. well...
it may yet happen! xo

Mildred said...

would love it if you would follow my new blog - I deleted the old one. Thx