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.
Gift wrapping ideas using recycled materials
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.