It’s a good time to share some green ideas for gift wrapping.
Wrapping paper and gift bags are a pretty wasteful idea. Sure, they are pretty, but all those trees getting cut down, the petroleum products in the ink, processing, and transportation – just so our packages will look pretty under the tree. Hmm. Maybe we can rethink this.
Start with going through your closets, linen cabinet, drawers and anywhere else you might have some fabrics. If that old shirt, skirt, sweater, jacket, towel, or even pair of pants has seen its last days put it in the pile. If it’s red, green, white, or Christmas fabric, you get bonus points, but it doesn’t have to be. A few years ago, The Examiner’s Jeff Fox and his family gathered up all of their unused Christmas fabric items, cut them up and made fabric bags out of them. You could even make bundles of these cloth bags, in different sizes, and give them as gifts. They are a cheap, very Green, and very re-usable gift. Your recipient will be thrilled!
You would not have to sew the fabrics. I have seen packages wrapped in linens, cut-up tablecloths and all kinds of fabric wrappings. You can tie them with an old tie, ribbons, even twine. I remember my mom introduced me to this “fabric gift wrapping idea” when I was very young. She was going to a baby shower and wrapped her gift in cloth baby diapers, closing edges with decorative diaper pins! It was absolutely darling!
One of my favorite things to do with gifts is to wrap them in paper grocery bags and tie them with twine, or jute, with a sprig of pine. I must say, they look incredible and very woodsy. You could even take leaves, pine cones, turkey feathers, or other natural items and press them into an ink pad, or paint them and press them onto the paper making your own creations. Have your kids add their special flair to giftwraps for Grandma or Grandpa, starting them on their own Green pathway.
OK, now for those gift cards: Keep those Christmas cards that friends and family send you. Get out your decorative scissors and cut around your favorite pictures on the cards. It doesn’t have to be the whole card. I’ve been doing this for years. Punch a hole in the corner of the card. Voila! The perfect green gift card for your package!
You can also create your own coordinating gift cards, too. Simply cut a shape out of the scraps of your wrapping paper (that you’re trying to use up, so you can go to green alternatives) and glue onto an index card, or the inside of the greeting card you’ve already cut the front. Leave a small margin around your cut edge and punch a hole in the corner, write your message on the back!
Page 2 of 2 - There are lots more alternatives to presenting your gifts in a green way. It just takes some thinking outside of the box! If you have any more ideas for green gifts or gift wrapping, please share them and we’ll print them. Also, if you have any ideas for more ways to work toward living more green, feel free to email me. Let me know if I can use your name or not. In the meantime, I’m dreaming of a green Christmas!
Reach Lynn Youngblood at TheGreenSpace@sbcglobal.net.