Can you cut out wrapping paper completely this holiday season?
After searching some green crafting websites, Iíve decided itís easy to do away with wasteful gift wrap AND still make a very lovely gift presentation.
Perhaps one of the easiest alternatives to wrapping paper is newspaper. Think that wrapping a gift in newspaper just isnít as classy as shiny wrapping paper? Dress it up with a scrap paper bow!
Jessica Jones from howaboutorange.com provides a great tutorial thatís really simple and makes newspaper-wrapped presents look elegant, creative and of course, eco-friendly.
All you need is some double sided-tape (glue or staples would work as well) and one page of a regular-sized magazine (an old map or scrap paper of the same size would work as well).
1.††† Cut the piece of paper lengthwise into nine strips, 3/4 ” wide.
2.††† Cut one inch off 3 of the strips.
3.††† Cut two inches off 2 of the strips.
4.††† Cut one strip to 3 1/2 inches long.
5.††† Leave 3 of the strips full length.
6.††† Twist all but the smallest piece into a “figure 8″ shape and glue or tape the ends where they meet in the center.
7.††† Make the 3 1/2 inch long piece into a circle.
8.††† Stack the pieces on top of one another putting the smaller pieces on top, and voilaóyou have a homemade scrap bow!
Check out Jessicaís blog for more detailed pictures and ideas.
Another great non-wrapping-paper alternative is furoshikióa Japanese style of gift-wrapping that uses printed fabric and special folding techniques to create a beautiful and unique presentation.