Transformation Tuesday: Trash Turned Giftwrap

| 12/13/2011 2:00:08 PM

Tags: alternative giftwrap, green giftwrap, eco-friendly giftwrap, gift wrap, wrapping presents, diy giftwrap, how to wrap gifts sustainably, sustainable giftwrap, reuse giftwrap, wrap presents in trash, Jessica Kellner,

The holidays are almost here! Start saving your giftwrap-able trash now! Conventional giftwrap is a waste of resources and money that ends up as a big pile of torn-up trash on Christmas morning. Save money (the giftwrap industry makes $2.6 BILLION annually—what better things could we do with that money??) along with trees and transportation resources by reusing household materials to wrap gifts. We've featured many fun alternative giftwrap options in NH&G over the years, and many other creative people share their ideas online, too! Start by saving now: old newsprint, brown paper bags, sheet music, brightly colored shopping bags, ribbon, packing materials and more make great materials to choose from when you start wrapping. And take a look at some of the inspirational ideas below.

Here are some of my favorite tips and ideas:

When using utilitarian paper, ball it up, then unroll it. Crumple it repeatedly until it crushes easily into a small ball, creating a handmade texture that resembles crushed silk. From Natural Home & Garden 

Corinna Vangerwen 
Use nature to decorate! I love using pretty bits of nature to decorate indoors. Why not let wintry boughs decorate your gifts, as well? From Corinna Vangerwen 

Rather than plastic bows, use craft supplies such as twine and raffia or reusable items such as mismatched costume jewelry, stray Scrabble letters or extra buttons to decorate gifts. From Natural Home & Garden 

atlas shrugs 
Reuse pages of an outdated atlas or yellow pages for a gift with worldly style. From Marinana's photostream on Flickr.

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