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5 Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts Using Recycled Brown Paper and Greens

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.

1. Holiday Woodland Wrapping by Odessa May Society

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2. DIY Stamped Wrapping Paper by Poppytalkwrapping3.jpg

3. Make Your Own Holiday Wrapping Paper by Go Forth Creative12-640x9601.jpg

4. DIY Gingerbread Cookie Favors by Project Wedding

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5. Kraft Bags and Herbs by Fox in the Pine 

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*Fox in the Pine, sadly, no longer exists!

Not in the DIY mood? Caroline Creates is my favorite brand for beautiful, homemade holiday paper products.

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