Only one more sleep until Christmas and I’m still wrapping gifts! Ho, ho… hope, I’ll get ready in time. Perhaps, I should review my planning strategy for next year. Ah, well, maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be. At least, I enjoy wrapping presents. It relaxes me. I strongly believe that the wrapping is as important as the gift itself. So I try to get creative in my presentation —read: the wrapping should draw out Ohh’s and Ahhh’s. Just as dressing fashionably and socio-eco-friendly is a necessity to me I want my wrapping to be pretty without an environmental impact. See below some of the wrapping I have done this year. Hope these pictures and tips bring you inspiration for your last minute eco-friendly Xmas wrapping.
Reuse your old wrapping paper
Metallic paper is not an eco-friendly option (It contains plastics), but if you reuse the wrapping from the presents you’ve got last year you will reduce its environmental damage. Tied up with a colourful velvet ribbon and a nice pearl necklace found from a garage sale. Two gifts in one. Note: For small items, you can also reuse the packaging of a bag of chips. It’s silver on the inside!
Use brown kraft paper
Kraft paper, newspaper, old calendar and map make up great alternatives for wrapping gifts. Decorate with twine, pine tree springs, berries and tassels.
Hunt for great ornements and materials in local stores
You can find lots of cute trinkets, vintage scarves, fabrics and jewelry to adorn your presents from your local thrift stores, vintage and artisan boutiques.
Support sustainable artists
Art materials can be highly toxic. But a substantial number of artists are now proactive about ameliorating their footprint. For example, they use materials without toxic pigments or hydrocarbons. We should support these artists as its for the benefit of us all. These Christmas tags are made by Lisa Lawrence of Lismore Paper. Lisa uses multi-media to create beautiful and functional art. Visit her Etsy shop. Her artwork will sure grab your attention.
Wrap your gifts with the remaining fabric of your sewing projects
This is a great way to use your leftover fabrics. Add some glamour to your wrapping with old Xmas decorations and gemstones from a broken piece of jewelry.
Adorn your package with treasures from Mother Nature
You can find in the forest lots of beautiful natural materials such as fir tree branches and pine cones. Give them a white coat or just a touch of white with an eco-friendly paint. They will bring a lovely rustic vibe to your gifts.
Decorate with old Christmas cards and craft stickers
Old post cards and Christmas cards give a very personal touch to your presents. Write your wishes directly on your package and do some doodles or add some fun stickers that you can get from your local scrapbooking store. This is a fun activity to do with your kids too. Bet they will enjoy helping you adorn your gifts. And they’ll keep great memories of it as well. This is what Christmas is all about after all!
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Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you so much for your support and kindness over the year. Wishing you all a season of peace filled with good times, good cheer and so much happiness. Hope you feel the love being sent your way. I’ll see you again in 2019.
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