"Pretty" and "cheap" are two of my favourite characteristics (the other one's "tasty"), so any craft project that combines the two (or three!) is always a winner.
One of my favourite birthday presents this year was a beautiful pair of polkadot skinny cords from Joules from my Mother-in-law. The trousers are seriously stunning (the button even has a fox on it!), and the bag they arrived in was so beautiful it was like an extra present! I couldn't bring myself to recycle it (yes, Joules' postage bags are recyclable- green thumbs up!), so I added it to my Pretty Packaging Pile* until I thought of something crafty to do with it.
When my Mum gave me a huge embroidery hoop she'd found in a charity shop a few weeks ago, I had a sudden lightbulb moment. To be honest, I don't know why it took me so long to think what to do with the bag; Tom would testify that I frame everything round here that's flat enough to fit in a frame...
After finishing the embroidery hoop version, I had a rummage through my stash of empty picture frames and made a second, smaller one:
Now I just have to find an empty piece of wall to hang them on... I think that's going to be the hardest part of this project!
* I genuinely have one of these. Don't you?