May 31, 2009

Green Gift-wrapping Ideas

Any time I receive gifts, I ask people to refrain from using wrapping paper and to reuse or recycle materials instead. This is very important to me, since I think wrapping paper is a terrible waste of trees.
Some creative eco-minimal gift-wrapping ideas are: using part of the gift as the giftwrap (e.g. linens), using newspaper, maps, other fabric (curtains you were going to throw out), clothing, posters, washed and dried chip bags, etc.
Here are some creative ways to decorate gifts using recycled materials. Click any of the pictures to open a new window with instructions.

Four Different Recycled Material Bows - you can use string or a needle and thread instead of metal brads

Origami Flowers - Use colourful magazines or used post-its

Another Recycled Bow - Use magazines or old wrapping paper

Yet Another Recycled Paper Bow - Magazines work best

Bow (Brooch) from Reused Soda Cans - can therefore be disassembled and recycled afterwards!

Some artist's interpretations - the brown paper + magazine cut-outs is really creative!

Lots of paper crafts - use magazines

Flower Garland from magazines - can be downsized to be used as a bow

A collection of ideas on Green gift-wrapping

Some of these ideas are eco-friendly

All sorts of crafts with recycled materials

The picture at the top of this post is of two gifts I wrapped for Christmas 2008. The one on the left uses chip bags for the bow and ribbon that I had received on a previous gift (I keep EVERYTHING). The right one uses "ribbon" cut from brown mail paper from a gift I received in the mail, and magazine strips for the bow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i think this whole eco-friendly idea is such a great way to help the emvironment and make really pretty bows! It saves me money from buying. I thought I could just wrap with newspapers...but I didn't think of bows. I can't wait until December. I'm going to start as soon as I start warpping my gifts! Thanks so much! I hope you come up with more creative ideas!