Eco-wrap your gifts

By Michelle Kelly »Michelle Kelly

December 15th, 2010

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Last week I wrote about Corinna vanGerwen’s gift wrapping business, Corinna Wraps. In response to that post, I received a note from faithful reader Debb, who is making an effort to green her gift wrapping practices this year—without sacrificing style, of course.

For the past several years we have been getting more and more eco-friendly. This year…no tags or ribbon! We use newspaper, leftover paper turned inside out, craft paper, and paper bags.  Last year our theme was white…no ribbon.  We used leftover Christmas cards as tags.

Some great ideas there, Debb. And your gifts look clean and handsome, I must say:

Debb is on the right track with using materials already on hand rather than buying and using new paper each time. It’s particularly convenient to do this at the cottage, where there’s no such thing as a quick trip to the store to get more supplies. This method also forces us to get creative with what we choose to make beautiful. And once you start doing that, you’ll find beauty in the most unlikely of places. For example, I recently saw this post about using the netting from a box of clementines (known as Christmas oranges in my house) to add a modern twist to a plainly wrapped box. Or, you might consider dressing up a plain piece of fabric, following the lead of the folks at Bookhou, who walk us through that process through this post on Poppytalk. Lastly, head on over to Wrap Art for some tips on collage.


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