Can you believe how fast this month is flying by? It seems too soon for Christmas, yet it’s only a week away. I hope you are done shopping and have all your handmade gifts finished. Now it’s time to think about how to wrap your gifts with the intent to have a zero-waste holiday and save yourself some money at the same time.
Above is just one of the fabric bags I made two years ago with leftover fabric scraps, and cross stitch designs on scrap pieces of aida cloth. In making my bags I scrounged through all the fabric I had on hand, from curtain valances and tie backs, to pieces of velcro I removed from items. You can do the same. Take a look at your fabric stash, clothes you should have weeded out because you don’t like them or they no longer fit.
I showed you here how I “wrapped” a filing cabinet, making it look like it was intended to be a piece of furnishing rather than a gift, it is disguised enough my son will never realize it’s his gift.
It gets a bit trickier when you want to give a gift away from your home. Nothing like asking for your bags back. The Squawk Fox has eleven great ideas for wrapping your gifts without the use of paper, like this reusable shopping bag. Inexpensive and practical.
There are plenty of ways to avoid buying ribbon and bows as well. The Happy Housewife has several ideas on gift wrapping which includes using maps, comics and replacing ribbon with a jump rope. You can use yarn, scarves, twine, belts and many other things, just use your imagination
Of course you don’t have to avoid all paper, just keep in mind gift wrap is not recyclable. So if you need to use paper consider what you might have around the house. Do you have a small paper bag you can decorate,like this. Want to involve children in the wrapping process. A child’s finger print would make a cute light bulb on the bag below.
And what about gift boxes? Boxes from food are a good idea. If you buy any prepackaged foods you will either have a cardboard box or maybe even a plastic container. I know there was an empty cool whip container after Thanksgiving. Ask at the office if you can have the empty box from the copy paper. These are sturdy enough for any large, heavy gift. Your grocery store will hold boxes for you from their shipments if you call ahead. If you have an Aldi store nearby they leave their boxes right out in the store for people to take. Want even more ideas click here, for some creative solutions with only a few days left.
Not sure what to use for gift tags? Try using cereal boxes or any other lightweight cardboard from food packaging. Thee can be covered with fabric, other papers, and many other items you already have.
Besides cereal boxes you can use many other things like this paint chip
What else might you have around your house? Popsicle sticks? Bookmarks? Pressed leaves? Seashells? The ideas are endless.
You can find everything you need in your house. Have a large gift? Use a blanket. Not that large what about a clean white towel? Your extra pillowcase can be lovely gift wrap as well. Take a look at this child’s pillowcase repurposed as gift wrap.
Instead of store bought bows, which can’t be recycled either. Try something new. Above you can see a candy cane was used instead. Children love getting a candy cane more than a bow. Do you have a stash of buttons? Here are a few ideas for using buttons.
Of course no one says you can’t have bows on your packages, A fabric bow is prettier than any store-bought version and no one would consider tossing this in the trash.
Can you think of anything I left out? Will this be the year you wrap with zero-waste in mind?