Fun “Green” Ways to Wrap your Christmas Gifts
Christmas is almost here and I don’t have many presents wrapped. I kind of forgot to buy more paper this year and I’m too busy to go buy gift bags or any more commercial colorful, shiny paper. But, I wanted to try to go “green” this year in the wrapping department. Here are a few of my “green” methods for Christmas wrapping fun!
- Reuse! Don’t throw away those gift bags or tissue paper. Reuse them year after year. Same with bows and ribbons, save them for next year. I have quite a collection from last year, so no need to worry about bows, ribbons or other decorative additions. I do draw the line at reusing wrapping paper. My son loves to rip the presents open, it makes Christmas morning that much more fun!
- Use newspaper: I have always used the Sunday comics for Birthday wrapping paper in a pinch. Who says you can’t use black and white print for Christmas paper? Top it with a recycled bow, handmade ornament or candy cane and it will look great! Not to mention, you can put it right back in the recycling bin or in the wood stove!
- Use School Papers: Do you have piles of papers from your kid’s school work? Use the colorful ones to wrap small gifts. You can even use a few papers to wrap a bigger gift. This is a great idea to wrap Grammy or Grandpa’s presents in. They will love to see what your kids are doing in school.
- Use cardboard shipping boxes: If you know that the present inside is so good it doesn’t need fancy paper, by all means, leave it in the box and just decorate the box. Have your kids decorate them with markers, crayons, stickers or stamps. My husband likes to write funny notes on them. This year I have a present under the tree that says: “To Mom from the chickens. No pecking!”
- Make Fabric bags: For the crafty mom, making a simple fabric sack will only take a few minutes. Sew 3 sides together, cut the 4th side with fancy scissors and you are ready to place a present inside and tie it up with ribbon. If you have run out of ribbon, try hair tyes, rubber bands, twist ties or extra fabric scraps. If the present is for a man in your life, use a bungee cord or cable tie:0)
Merry Christmas and have fun wrapping green this year!
Please let me know your green wrapping ideas!