I watched an ad recently where the recipient ripped open their carefully wrapped present to get to the item underneath. I winced, I really did. It seems crazy in today's day that so many people are still doing this at gift giving time. Sigh… what an incredible waste of paper.
I’ve written about this once or twice before, but here are some wrapping ideas for the festive time of year (or any old time of year.)
Old maps- I would imagine with technology jumping ahead maps might be a thing of the past in times to come. (I’m still using my old atlas that I saved from the rain on the side of the road.)
Newspaper- be selective on your pages used, you can make it look good!
Children’s art- if you have a little one at pre-school or just a pint sized Picasso, you may be swimming in craft and paintings- share the love, the grandparents will adore it.
Fabric- retro fabrics, tea towels, scarves… the choices are endless. The art of wrapping with fabric goes by the lovely name of furoshiki and you can learn how to do it with these step by step instructions here.
Old movie or music posters.
How about crocheting a gift bag?
Chocolate wrappers- yep chocolate wrappers.
Maybe a recycled box?
Or ditch the wrapping altogether and just go with a lovely reusable ribbon and handmade card.
There is no need for sticky tape for any of these options. Wool makes a great pull-it-together-and-make-it-look-pretty gift giving addition if you need to hold things in.
* for more furoshiki instructions, see here.
How about you? Any green tinged wrapping ideas to share?
So now you might need something to wrap... browse the Ecolosophy Shop for great gift ideas and we also have a beautiful eco gift wrap range including hand made paper made from water hyacinth and bamboo plants, hemp twines and more...
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