have a green christmas! how to use recycled items for gift wrapping
You are reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.
Why is the holiday season an exception to the green environment in addition to helping to reduce your contribution to landfill sites, you save money.
There are many ways to be creative while being green, and for some projects you can ask the kids to help.
There are many ways to reduce the holiday carbon footprint from decoration to gift packaging.
Your friends and family will love your creativity and know that you are helping save the planet and you will feel good even if it\'s just a little bit!
Here are some things you can make with recycled items to reduce, reuse and recycle your way to green Christmas!
Gift packaging gift boxes and containers gift packaging decoration because most of the waste of the holiday can be attributed to a pile of gift packaging thrown into the trash can after use, in this article, we will focus on some ways to wrap gifts using recycled items or materials that are usually not related to gift packaging.
An easy way to make your own gift package is to use everyday items like shopping bags, sponges and potatoes!
Combine paper and stamping to create an interesting and attractive ecological environment
Friendly gift package.
This is a project that kids will love!
What you need: brown paper bag shopping bag. Image source: cohdra of morguefile.
Comnewspaperpotatesspong acrylic paint in festive colored metallic color paint for meal plates making stamp patterns, recycled foam plastic meat plates or other recycled plastic containers smarkerplain paper potatoes or sponges.
You can use brown paper bags from supermarkets and/or department stores.
Prepare the paper first: Cut the bottom of the grocery bag, then cut a long edge and make a big credit slip: Photo credit: clarita from morguefile. combrown paper.
If you are using a shopping bag, please take care to remove the twisted paper handle (
Used as a packaging decoration-
Once you get your paper, you can decorate it with a variety of stamps.
Cheap stamps in holiday shape can be purchased at a craft store, or better yet, you can make them yourself.
Remember it was easy to make potato stamps when I was a child!
Make simple shapes like circles, stars, candy bars, Holly leaves, bells or credits: Photo credit: jppi for morguefile. comstockings.
Cut the potatoes in half (
No need to peel! ).
Draw a simple design on paper, as suggested above.
Cut the shape and lay the pattern on half of the potatoes.
Carve the shape on the potato with a sharp peeling knife.
Make several different potato stamps, and if you use several different colors of paint, make several stamps of the same shape.
Use liquid acrylic paint and pour a little paint on the plate. (
Or use one of the foam plastic meat dishes you have washed and saved.
I like plastic containers for Whole Foods of organic chicken. )
Dip the stamp into the paint and print the design on the paper (
Stamp on the \"wrong\" side of the bag and do not print on one side).
Cover the whole piece of paper with stamps.
For professional appearance, plan the placement of stamps before stamping.
Credit: If you use stars and dots, for example, first stamp all the stars, carefully stamp the pattern and cover the whole paper.
Then fill in with the dot.
In order to achieve the dazzling effect, flash on the wet paint.
Alternatively, replace the paint with white glue and sprinkle a flash on the wet glue stamp.
You can combine paint stamps and flash stamps on the same piece of paper.
You can replace potato stamps with sponge stamps.
Use a cheap cello sponge.
Wet the sponge and wring as much water as possible.
It\'s easier to cut a slightly damp sponge.
Track the shape on a sponge with a marker.
Cut out the shape with scissors.
Stamp the paper according to the above instructions.
After stamping, you can further modify the gift package with the mark.
Add details to the stamped design or track them with tags.
If your handwriting is good, you can add some text to your design, such as Merry Christmas, ho or happy holidays.
Newspapers can also be used as gift packaging;
However, journalism does tend to get dirty, so use it carefully.
You can stamp the newspaper like you do on a brown paper bag.
Please be careful not to oversaturate the paper as it is easy to tear or wrinkle when drying.
Another popular, elegant way to wrap gifts and green is to use a scarf.
This is a traditional Korean tradition called Bojagi.
The Japanese call it Furoshiki.
You can buy all kinds of beautiful scarves at the thrift store for less than the cost of paper bags.
Or, for your young or male gift recipients, buy bandannas at the Army Navy store.
You can also use the fabric you bought in the yard.
Use a silky fabric or metal fabric such as lame.
The art of Bojagi and Furoshiki is basically wrapping and tying scarves in a visually pleasing way.
You can buy a few books on this topic.
There are also websites with step-by-
Step description and video.
If you are pressed for time or don\'t want to make crafts, you still have several options to pack gifts with recycled items.
The old subway map is big enough to pack small to medium gifts.
It\'s also great to pack gifts at any time of the year!
Add glitter to make them more festive.
Any glossy print paper will be a great gift package.
Think about old magazines, catalogues, brochures, posters, pages from Vintage Books--
These can be recycled into gift packaging.
How about the box or container of your gift during this year? Save your oatmeal.
The gift container they made was great.
Cigar box, canned mint, chocolate box;
These can be used with little or no extra packaging. Just add a bow.
When it comes to bows, these can also be recycled, especially the ribbons and bows from more expensive chocolate.
I have a drawer filled with beautiful ribbons that I have saved from the chocolate box.
Another useful way to tie gifts with yarn is-
You can unwrap an old sweater or scarf and replace the ribbon with yarn.
Or a man\'s tie.
These can be purchased at a thrift store or garage for the price of the clerk.
You can also decorate your gift with decorations other than bows.
Recycled silk flowers, pine nuts, branches and hemp threads, big buttons and old Christmas cookie cutters.
If you often shop in vintage and thrift stores, as well as real estate and garage Credit: Photo credit: jeltovski from mogilfield.
You will find countless items that can be used to decorate coins, comsules.
Keep in mind the twisted paper handles you keep from your shopping bag when making stamped gift packages, which can be converted into gift packaging decorations.
Using hot glue, twist the paper handle into two rings in the shape of a bow with two tails.
Stick a small pine fruit to the center.
It looks really good to replace the ribbon with plain brown paper and hemp rope.
Stick to the package with hot glue.
What about these gift labels that can be made from recycled Christmas cards?
Use different templates (
Round, square, rectangular, Oval)
Cut the shape from the front of the Christmas card.
Use a punch to make a hole in the label.
Attach the label to the gift using a hemp rope or recycled ribbon.
If you consider recycling every day, you will start to see the creative use of everyday items.
Save them throughout the year and when the holiday starts you will be equipped with a large number of recycled items for your recycled gift packaging.
Have a green Christmas!