Top photo courtesy of Pure Green Magazine
Trying to avoid creating waste during the Christmas season is almost as difficult as avoiding those holiday sugar cookies (re: near impossible). It’s especially tricky to avoid when it comes to wrapping paper; it gets ripped, torn, and crumpled then tossed into a pile of brightly-colored scraps that just continues to accumulate.
Purchasing bundles of wrapping paper can be an expensive hassle but the good news is it isn’t the only way to wrap a gift. Some of the most charming and creatively wrapped gifts are handmade and often very simple. So as I found myself wondering how to make this happen without setting unrealistic expectations for myself that would only get replaced by the one thing I wanted not to happen, I sought out a little inspiration from some crafty folks and bloggers who seem to be born for the job.
Many of these projects can be easily made with a non-toxic, water soluble ink stamp pad, recycled kraft paper or any brown paper bag you have like a grocery bag or brown paper lunch bag, twine and bits and pieces of greenery.
Here are 5 simple and sweet ways to wrap Christmas gifts using recycled brown paper and greens.
5. Kraft Bags and Herbs by Fox in the Pine
*Fox in the Pine, sadly, no longer exists!