8 Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas
Hey there, Friend
This is going to feel very last minute...because it is!
Have you ever found yourself reaching the end of your gift wrap roll with just a few gifts to go? Or, are you trying to be more environmentally conscious this year with your wrapping?
This letter is for you then.
With two weeks to go until Yule, we used up the very last of the gift wrap we bought 6 years ago. We don't buy a lot of rolls at a time or anything but we had some still because we tend to reuse what we can every year (especially those gift bags). Because we are trying to instill in our kids the value of a dollar and the importance of doing our part for the environment, this year we got creative.
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You may decide to try out some of the ideas below next year.
I’m making wrapping paper from newsprint we’ve had since preschool and watercolors we’ve had just as long. Did you know that the wrapping paper industry is a damaging contributor to climate change as well as animal populations, water quality, ecosystem balance, and even child labor? You can find responsibly made papers through the Forest Stewardship Council. Here is an article to read more about this.
Sorry to be a bummer this close to the holidays when everyone has most likely purchased some amount of new exciting wrapping. Hey, I did it for years and decades too! But when we learn, we grow. It’s up to each of us to decide what growth we nurture. I choose to nurture sustainability and planetary wellness when I can. Since I met my partner, he’s been a guiding force to sustainability, even if it was for financial reasons as much as environmental ones. I owe him a debt of gratitude for guiding me away from synthetic smells, over consumption, and consumerism. It took me a long time to actually adopt these practices and wholeheartedly understand them but I’m here now. Mostly. Tell that to our kids next Festivus.
Sometimes you buy the largest pack of newsprint you can find because your kids' preschool uses it and it makes great painting canvasses and paper mache piñatas. That probably means you still have a bunch left over as the kids get older and do less preschool art. So, whip out those liquid watercolors or temperas or markers and splash some color on those 18x24 sheets! Then use it to make a rainbow under your tree with this Pollock style...Gift wrap.
I used to sew. You could say I had a bit of a fabric addiction. When I stopped sewing regularly I was left with tons of beautiful fabrics that I now use for...Gift wrap.
Our neighbors had two atlases from the 1990s laying around and they thought our kids would have fun with them...Gift wrap.
Plastering stickers on a central item in our home (the fire extinguisher) has been a family practice for years. Why not gather up the stickers your family has collected over the years and cover a box to make a unique...Gift wrap.
Pantry foods come in all kinds of colors that you can make a sturdy gift bag from. Add some paper handles and throw some crinkle paper made from colored paper scraps on top and you've got...Gift bag.
Crinkly paper again here to showcase what could be a stand alone gift wrapping. Some gifts don't need a fancy covering. Wrap a cinnamon stick to a dried orange slice, pop it on a pretty salt bath blend and call it...Gift wrap.
Gifts sometimes require a card. Or maybe the gift IS the card! This old file folder makes a good envelope and card when cut into a desired size, folded in 3 and taped together with the last of a roll of old washi tape. Glue some hole punch birds on it and you've got a homemade gift card that is also a fun...Gift wrap.
*Origami by my little herbalist
So, this one is more about the love than the perfection of presentation. A recent shipping box is now a loving present, with the shipping stickers covered by paper hearts making this one of the simplest yet sweetest...Gift wrap.
I hope your holidays are full of cheer and love,
Cheers and wild herbs,
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.