Holidays are brilliant for people who love color and fluff and ribbons and bells and lights. For people that are trying to downsize their carbon footprint, the season can be very challenging and most of us try and come up with a way to make gift wrapping as less wasteful as possible. If you too are looking for a cute, attractive yet totally eco-friendly way to wrap your gifts this season, you should try the following 5 ways to stay green while giving stylishly wrapped gifts.
1. Fashion magazine wrapping paper
Every woman has a favorite fashion glossy and even guys who don’t read fashion mags often have a stash of magazines that feature tonnes of high gloss ad prints. Since most of these magazines have no use after the user has read them, they can put to great use as gift wrapping paper for the holidays. Pick and choose your favorite ads in these magazines and tears out alphabets to create name tags or even delicate embellishments.
2. Scavenge the backyard
For a truly green gift wrapping idea, you really have to look no further than your backyard. If you are lucky enough to find large leaves, you can wrap your presents in them at one go but if you don’t have access to these, you can glue, tape or staple a bunch of them together to create a fully sustainable, highly recyclable gift wrap that you can then decorate with vibrant flowers and twigs to prettify them!
3. Fabric wrapping sheets
Fabric wrapping sheets have really taken off in the past few years though most people still prefer to buy these over the internet or in specialty stores rather than fashioning their own. However, a great way to create your own fabric wrapping paper is to recycle old clothes, sheets, blankets, upholstery and even worn out rugs and curtains to create a truly unique gift wrap. Just remember to wash these clothes well and iron them before wrapping gifts in them and you can then spray a dab or your favorite perfume on them to personalize them for your friends and family.
4. Office supplies and junk mail
Office supplies like stamps, envelopes, name tags and junk mail are basically useless after a point. Most of these get dumped into the trash bin almost instantly though you can save them, keep them in good repair and use them as wrapping paper when the holidays role around. Just remember to eliminate papers with sensitive or personal info on them and you would find yourself getting rid of all your paper junk in a very effective way.
5. Newspaper wrapping paper
Newspapers are great for wrapping gifts. The sheets are large enough to accommodate big boxes, it’s very, very cheap per sheet, most of us have these in our homes and they don’t need to be decorated with much to make them look cute. You can choose between aged newspaper for a vintage look or get a fresh one for crispy bluish tones.