FeelGoodNow Green Living Tips for Holiday Wrapping
Wrapping Up the Waste
Everyone loves the thrill of opening gifts but the amount of waste created by wrapping paper is, well, less than thrilling. Instead of wasting money and harming the planet, try up-cycling household items for all of your wrapping needs this Christmas. We’ve put together a list of easy, green substitutions that will make your Christmas gifts stand out among the rest with a little DIY flair.
1. Good News Wrapping Paper
Millions of newspapers are printed every day and finding old copies isn’t hard to do. Check your local coffee shops, free dailies or simply use the old papers you have around the house. For a quick wrap, just grab any piece of the paper and wrap the gift as usual. However, for a little extra pizzazz, here are some of our favorite tricks.
- Blackout messages – Using a thick felt-tipped marker, cross out the words that you don’t want to appear, selecting a series to remain uncovered as a message.
- Mark er’ Up! – Wrapping your gifts in newspaper doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the fun designs and patterns of the standard holiday gift-wrap. Experiment with tracing the outlines of different sized glasses, boxes and other shapes with colorful markers right on the newspaper.
2. Ribbons etc.
Once you’ve got your gift all wrapped up in newsprint, it is time to add a few finishing touches to lock in that DIY charm.
- Dress It Up! - We all have at least one piece of old clothing, curtains or other fun fabric that can easily dress up your gifts. Just lie out the piece of fabric and cut it into strips of varying thickness. Don’t worry about frayed edges as they only add to the up-cycled style of your gift-wrapping. I used an old sundress that had seen one too many summers. An added bonus of using fabric for ribbon is that you can also use any scraps as bookmarks, hair ties or braid them together as a bracelet!
Using fabric as ribbon is a great alternative to the store-bought curling ribbon as you can save it and use it again when the holidays have come and gone. Wrapping the gift multiple times and then cinching the center with a bow can create a really cool geometric design that plain old curling ribbon can only dream about.
3. Gift Tags
The finishing touch to your wrapping job is the gift tag. You can always just write on the top of the newsprint wrapping, but why not add a little something extra with a personalized, handmade gift tag?
- Such a Card! – The thin cardboard of any number of boxes you already have are a great base for gift tags. Try using cereal boxes, other food boxes or just plain tissue boxes. After flattening out the box, trace the rim of a glass or plastic cup and then cut out the shape. If you don’t like the image on one side of the circle, simply trace another of the same size and glue them together. Add a personalized message and finish with a hole-punch to tie it to the gift. Voila!
-A-mason’ Tags! – Mason jars are one of the most versatile pieces for the DIY-inclined to work with. Using the removable inside lid of a mason jar as a guide, trace the outline onto a piece of thin cardboard (as seen above), cut out, write the name of your gift recipient and then punch a hole through the top. Finish by lining the rim of the name side of the gift-tag with a thin layer of glue and pressing it firmly into the top of a Mason jar lid ring. Done!
Your loved ones will appriciate their beautiful and enviornmentally friendly wrappings! Stay tuned for more helpful tips this holiday season!
This is what your finished product will look like!