Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to Eco Wrap this Christmas: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

The holidays are the most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year. As if buying thoughtful gifts isn't enough to worry about, buying supplies to wrap these heartfelt gifts is just to much for this Thriving Wife. Not to mention you might as well just rip up and throw away the money you spend since that is basically what you do with wrapping paper....well, not me. I take a more eco-approach and use what I have/is free.

In years past I have always used newspaper as it is plentiful at my TH's fire station and is often just tossed anyway. But, this year, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to use the brown paper bag collection I had accumulated from forgetting my reusable bags in the car so many times (whoops). Plus, it's fun to throw back to The Sound of Music's "Few of My Favorite Things" too. My dear friend Maria gave me the idea last year, but it was too late and I was already wrapped in current events. So, this year, I decided to give it a try. I went through my craft boxes and took out my holiday ribbon and stickers and got started.

I took my Trader Joe's stacks and prepared each bag by cutting down the side, removing the bottom and the handles.

I was then left with one, nice, long piece of solid brown paper. It was just as if someone had rolled it was perfection, absolute perfection! Plus, I liked the "slightly used" look as it reminded me I was doing my part to recycle. #boom.

I went through the same monotonous, gift wrapping motions that one goes through to ensure my packages were perfectly prepared.

Once nice and wrapped, I grabbed my ribbon and stickers. Some packages were adorned in Baker's twine, some in full Christmas ribbon. A sticker here, a note there and before I knew it I was surrounded in beautiful brown paper packages!

I took my perfect packages and placed them safely under the tree to be admired and appreciated for making a "green" wrap choice this season.

With the big day quickly approaching, instead of running out to purchase wrapping supplies, why not see what you have around the house that can be reused. Magazines? What a perfect, picture filled choice. Newspaper? You know I love that. Brown paper bags filling up that lower cabinet? Not anymore, take them out and get wrapping! Your friends, family and Mother Earth are sure to love your recycled creativity!

 What is your go to wrap method? Love your store bought paper or are you open to mixing it up?

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