December 22, 2009

Gift Wrapping Tips

With presents comes wrapping each and every year. Here are some quick, easy, eco-friendly ideas to make your holiday gift wrapping a cinch this year!

  • To decorate a cardboard tube that may hold anything from a poster to a fishing pole, wrap plain white butcher paper around the tube, and then transform it into a candy cane stick by wrapping it with a wide red ribbon. Use a glue stick or glue gun to attach the ribbon ends to the top and bottom of the tube. Really festive!
  • Use a large, flat envelope to wrap a book or puzzle. Decorate the envelope with a wintry scene: a blue background with a white snowman. Make the snowman using cotton balls, and use chocolate chips for the eyes.
  • Wrap a special little gift in a small box, and place it inside a very large box (the larger the better!). Holiday Gifts Surround the small box with all sorts of colorful tissue paper. The large box can be wrapped in a large wool blanket! This is a great way to use what you have around your home, create anticipation, and be creative!
  • As an alternative to using packing peanuts and bubble wrap to cushion your gifts, use soft pine needles gathered up in your own yard. The filler will smell great and is very eco-friendly. Another alternative is the filling from old pillows.
  • Use your favorite holiday cards from last year as gift tags for this year's presents. Just make sure that the back of the holiday picture does not have writing on it, so you can write your To and From and greeting.
  • Use plain brown paper to wrap your gifts. Add a pinecone and/or bright ribbons to spruce it up. Also, your kids can make stamps out of potatoes and decorate the brown paper wrap using red or green paint. This is an inexpensive way to wrap and offers creative fun for the kids!

--Lisa Kothari, Peppers and Pollywogs

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