This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how homemade gifts can make your holidays more cost-effective and special! Check out all of the posts to get homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Christmas is just around the corner! If you like to present gifts in a way that is visually appealing but not wasteful, then this post is for you. I’m going to share with you a few ideas to wrap your gifts using homemade gift wrap.
- Recycled wrapping paper. This is the easiest DIY wrapping paper. Grab a map, the comics from the newspaper, a sheet from a foreign newspaper, a page or two from an old recipe book (for smaller items), a paper grocery bag, a cleaned out potato chip bag, or any material you have around that is large enough and attractive enough to wrap up a gift. Finish it off with some ribbon and you’re ready to go.
- Decorated paper. Reuse any large paper (we’ll be using the paper given to us by the moving company we used) such as brown paper. You can present your gift in plain paper or jazz it up by decorating it. This is a great thing for your kids to do. The kids can stamp it with rubber stamps, make shapes with glue (for more uniform, “perfect” shapes, dip the edges of cookie cutters in the glue then press against the flat paper) then sprinkle glitter over the glue shapes, make finger paint hand and foot prints (browse Pinterest for pattern ideas–I have a whole board dedicated to hand and footprint crafts), glue things on it (such as pom poms), or simply paint or otherwise color pictures. Adults can decorate the paper by stenciling patterns onto it or making patterns using ribbon or yarn.
- Fabric. You can buy fancy cloth wrapping “paper” (called furoshiki) or simply use cheap pieces of fabric (purchase from the scrap bin at the store) or scraps that you already have. Wrap up the gift and secure the cloth with ribbon. See the video just below (which I found on YouTube, not my work) that shows how to wrap gifts with fabric. Another idea is to use a cloth drawstring bag.
- Gift items. Wrap the gift with part of the gift itself. This could be items like a tee-shirt, a scarf, an apron, sheets, or a blanket. Secure with knots or a ribbon.
- Natural wrapping paper. If you have access to giant leaves or are crafty at weaving grass or hay (or grass and sticks) together into a sheet, these things make very creative, unique wrapping paper. Secure with ribbon or grass.
- Containers. A great reusable way to present gifts which also includes less work than actual wrapping is to simply put your gift in a container. Glass containers, such as mason jars, are my personal favorite because they’re easy to decorate, look beautiful, and are handy to reuse. Cookie tins, cardboard boxes, baskets, wood boxes, mugs, and various other containers can also be used.
- Paper bags. Use recyclable gift bags or simple brown paper lunch sacks to stow your gift. Decorate with bows and ribbons to add a cheerful touch.
For more homemade gift presentation ideas, check out these posts, too:
- How to Make a Star Bow with Cloth Ribbon (with free printable)
- How to Make a Flower-shaped Gift Card with Envelope (with free printable)
- How to Make a Basic or Owl Pillow Box (with free printable)
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