Gallery: 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

 
Wrapping paper is just that: paper that's been decorated to make a festive wrapping. When you think about it, there are lots of large sheets of paper available in our everyday lives. If you get the newspaper delivered to your house, think about saving up a week's worth for your holiday wrapping needs (the Sunday morning comics make for the most colorful wrapping, but even classifieds will suffice!). You can also opt for paper bags at the grocery store, making sure not to crumple them too much on the way into the house. When it comes time to wrap, use scissors to cut up one seam of the bag. This will enable you to lay it flat like a single sheet of wrapping paper. Same thing for the newspaper, which already comes in conveniently trimmed rectangles. Stickers, crayon, paint, and glitter can be employed to jazz up the final product.

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  1. annhcsonka December 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    About 35 years ago, I stopped using new wrapping paper, often recycling paper or gift bags we got and also used other containers. 2 NEPHEWS’ FAVORITE: Milk Bone boxes (usually large, quite spacious). These dog biscuit boxes were perfect because they were/are red and green with some yellow and white.
    The kids loved them and the old folks got used to my peculiarities…and my Mother started recycling paper also. I still have a piece of her old paper used for a daughter last year, though it’s at least 25 years old.
    Further about the Milk Bone boxes: eldest nephew asked me to be sure to carry on the tradition with his 2 children…and we have!
    Another use for nice strong boxes like the above, unglue them and turn them inside out to ship/mail whatever fits, securely taping them back together.

  2. Sue Rostron July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, love the site. I am lucky enough to share an office with the awesome Social Angels.

    Just thought I’d suggest wrapping in old dress patterns – it looks cool and works well as a protective tissue layer also.

    I also sometimes turn packaging inside out and embellish it with something crafty. Recently I hgve a friend a vintage apron and wrapped it old brown paper, natural twine and a spare xmas decoration (an apple) on top. It looked really cute and she loved the pressie and the packaging. $1 spend for much goodwill!

  3. marshae February 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

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