Quick Wrap: Make Your Own
First I started crumpling. And twisting. Twisting really worked well.
Then I balled it up, unrolled it and balled it up again.
I even crushed it. And for fun, I asked my eight-year-old to get in on the action.
Before long, we turned a brown Trader Joe’s bag into wrapping paper.
The sheet was soft and imperfect, just like a piece of handmade paper.
I decided to cover a jar of Urban Apiaries to-die-for-local honey that I picked up at Talula’s, a gourmet food market that sells lots of local goods. Encased in the the bag-turned-gift wrap, my honey needed a bit of sparkle, so I attach the World of Good, Inc. ornament I purchased early in the day.
I used hemp string for the job.
I was so pleased with the results I grabbed other gifts and began bundling them the same way.
Fresh greens came in handy as a topper delivering a natural touch.
It was so easy, and FUN, and I felt good about creating my own gift sacks made from paper I had planned to burn in the fireplace or recycle.
Let me explain something: I am NOT A CRAFTY PERSON. And this isn’t a craft project, really. You spend most your time scrunching up an old brown bag, or any paper you choose to cover your parcels.
If you find yourself inspired to add your own designs, a splash of paint or cut outs could work. But I kept mine simple, which works well for me.
I got this idea from Natural Home Living’s Transformation Tuesday Blog: Trash Turned Gift Wrap.
Before reading the blog I was set to cloak presents in fabric remnants or left over tissue paper, but I love the idea of homemade paper so much I knew I had to give this a try.
Here’s the thing: Store bought wrapping paper can be super pretty and make packages colorful, but did you know that according to the Clean Air Council, 4 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays just because we use so much wrapping paper and shopping bags?
And according to ecowrap.com, if every family wrapped only three of their presents in re-used materials, there would be enough saved paper to cover 45,000 football fields. If you can’t find time to make your own wrap, check out Wrapsacks.com and lyziwraps.com, both sites sell reusable, reversible and recyclable Holiday gifts sacks.
Either way, instead of bundling all your presents with store-bought paper, you can easily package up some gifts with newspaper, old maps or pieces of fabric.
Or even an old brown bag will do.