Wrapping Christmas presents is one of the most delightful Advent activities. Personally, I have such a hard time finding gifts for people that, when I do find something that I think they will like, I get really excited and feel very proud as I wrap the gift and make the package beautiful.
And the hippie/spend-thrift in me decided to forgo buying wrapping paper this year. (Especially since I no have no more red-foxes-wearing-scarves wrapping paper left and there could be no store-bought substitute as cute.) So I challenged myself to wrap beautiful presents with recycled items from around my house.
Trader Joe’s bags for the win.
Looks pretty good, hey?
Here is a little how-to:
- Cut open a brown paper bag and lay it flat, any words facing up. (You may have to remove the handles.)
- Place the gift on the paper and measure as usual.
- Fold ‘er up and tape.
- Decorate with colored pens, dried sage, ribbons, etc.
Saving the planet, one Christmas present at a time.
This year all of my gifts happened to be small in size, so a brown paper bag was plenty big enough to wrap them. I would love to hear suggestions for wrapping larger gifts with recycled items!
Do you have any ideas for wrapping Christmas presents with recycled or re-purposed items? How do you make your gifts beautiful?
Peace and joy and Merry Christmas!