It’s a Wrap

from Treehugger
from Treehugger

With Christmas just days away, I’m sure you’ve all finished up your Christmas shopping. Before we can get to the unwrapping (my second favorite part of Christmas), we’ve got to get wrapping (my most favorite part of Christmas). Despite my love of all things paper–books, stationery, wrapping paper, postcards–the aftermath of opening gifts makes me cringe.

My family has been reusing tissue paper for years (It’s generally considered viable until there are holes), and we’re not big on ribbons and bows. At a recent baby shower, guests were encouraged to use green wrapping, and the mommy-to-be was happy to receive gifts swaddled in receiving blankets and packed into baskets. To soften the blow to the environment when I use disposable wrapping, I try to use recycled or upcycled materials in my gift wrap.

For a peek at my past and future wrapping projects:

Two years ago I started making my own bows using old magazines and gift wrap scraps. I used this tutorial as a guide. The first couple of attempts took some time, but once I had the steps down, the time per bow was down to 5 minutes or less.

from How About Orange
from How About Orange

Last year I skipped bows altogether and used a damaged book to make typographic wrapping paper inspired by Man Made DIY (via Lifehacker). This was a more time consuming project, but the results looked great under the Christmas tree.

from ManMade
from ManMade

For a twist on the classic newsprint wrapping paper, check out this Curbly post on combining the dregs of your wrapping paper roll with newspaper. I can’t wait to try the pinwheel bow.

from Curbly
from Curbly

For more ideas, cruise the library shelves where, in addition to a great crafting collection, we’ve got titles like Simply Green Giving by Danny Seo, which is about using what you already have to make your gifts beautiful.

What are your favorite green gift wrap strategies? Share your ideas in the comments.

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