Last year did a round up of green alternatives to regular wrapping paper. I thought I would add a few more just in time for us last minute wrappers. Did I say last minute? Yep, I’m still waiting for some of the gifts I ordered to arrive. Hey at least I ordered them already :).
Scrap Paper As Layered Wrapping
Although this is wrapping paper you could buy (2010) from Anthropologie you could easily recreate this look by using all those little scraps of paper left over from other wrapping. Or ahem… admit your mother was right and save some gift-wrap scraps and bows for next year.
Sweaters as Wine Bottle Covers
From Grey Likes Weddings, they offer a tutorial on using old sleeves to make these gorgeous wine bottle covers. Oh wine! How my pregnant self misses you!
Children’s Artwork as Wrapping Paper
My son can make one of his “masterpieces” in about… oh say… 5 seconds. Currently he is using the backside of notes from this semester’s classwork. However, this looks like a great way to share his Picasso-esque talents while reusing the paper. Image courtesy of Martha Stewart.
Glass Jars as Gift Containers
Let the item wrap itself! Plus glass jars get reused or at least donated to Goodwill instead of being immediately tossed. Martha Stewart and her intern’s endless craftiness show how to make these Hanukkah bath bombs if you are interested.
Fabric as Wrapping Part II: Furoshiki Style
I mentioned wrapping with fabric last year, however, I have discovered there is an actual art-form to making gift bags and boxes with squares of fabric. This video shows a lot of different styles (and is kind of long so fast forward through if you like) from an actual Furoshiki store in Japan. There are a ton more tutorials online just Google it here.
Now if I can just get my shiznit together I can make this years gifts a lot cooler and more eco-friendly than dollar store wrapping paper.