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It’s that time of year – I love the idea of beautifully wrapped gifts but confess it’s not my natural forte. Did you know that experts estimate that paper waste over Christmas is equivalent to 5-12 million litres of biofuel – enough to power a bus to go to the moon 20 times (source – friends of the earth). That’s a LOT of wrapping paper. What’s more it is often not suitable for recycling “Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled” (recycle now)
This year I have set myself a challenge to wrap parcels with everyday household items.
Here’s some DIY Gift Wrap Ideas:-
Brown paper is soon transformed into unique wrapping, draw on your own design, add some cut out shapes, finish with ribbon.
T Towels – perfect for cookbooks don’t you think?!
Scarves, I’ve hemmed some silk to gift wrap furoshik style (Japanese style, video here)
You could easily whip up a pull cord bag instead.
Former clothes as bottle bags – this one is made from a shirt sleeve. The tutorial is here, it’s a very quick sew for quirky fun wrapping.
Cellophane – great for edible gifts. Keep the cellophane from flowers, give it a suitable clean and there you go:)
Cereal boxes transformed into gift bags, find the tutorial to make them here.
Lastly don’t forget gift tags – there is nothing worse than hunting round for a scribbled note on the wrapping paper!! I love using luggage labels, they are super cute and ready-made.
Alternatively make your own gift tags from last years Christmas cards. Here’s mine from a few years ago, with a how to make your own here.
Short of brown paper, pens, luggage labels? Check out Eurooffice for a variety of stationery supplies. Plus they are running daily giveaways in the run up to Christmas. This post was sponsored by Eurooffice.