Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

Wrapping Holiday Gifts the Green Way

Grandma wrapped your gifts in newspaper, again? Honestly… Gram is onto something! Did you know that if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields? That’s a ton of precious paper, and waste. Instead of contributing to this statistic, I think it’s time to break out the good ‘ol fashioned newspaper. You know, the thing that no one reads anymore? Fine, we can use the internet and Twitter for news, but let’s dub newspaper our new favorite wrapping paper. Or hey, how about paper bags? Seriously. There’s a ton of options here, people.

It’s eco-friendly, free, and if done right, elegant as fuck. Didn’t think the Comics section could look nice under the tree? Pfft, think again.

Newspaper & Scraps

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Pretty, right? These were gifts from last year, and I couldn’t have been happier with them! I used a mix of wrapping paper scraps, newspaper, and leftover printer-paper for snowflakes. Using an assortment of scraps forces you to get creative. I channeled my inner kindergartener, grabbed the scissors and made old-school snowflakes. Yeah, it was a good day. Here’s a close-up:

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The tags? Made from a festive brown bag! [Thx Whole Foods!]

TIP: Choose sections such as the Comics, Lifestyle, even Sports [for guys!] The more images, the better. Colors and prints #FTW.

Brown Bags


Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for supplying us with festive brown bags during the holiday season. We go to TJ’s every Saturday, so they are basically supplying me with holiday gift wrapping ammo on a weekly basis! I jazzed mine up with some wrapping paper scraps and I’m pretty happy with the turnout.

TIP: Have a larger gift to wrap? Use packaging tape to attach more than one brown bag.

Homemade Cards

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I am a huge believer in handmade gifts and cards. They mean so much and show just how much effort you have put in! In fact, I hate commercial cards. I realize hate is a strong word, but I really do. Seriously? 4 dollars + change for a card that is going to be thrown away? Really? No. Not having it. I’M MAKING A CARD AND THEY WILL KEEP IT, DAMMIT.

So above is a card that I made for Joe last year – it was a card announcing his 3-month hot sauce club subscription. It’s kinda perfect, right? I used scraps and paper from my craft box. I was so proud of this. #MarthaStewart

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TIP: Use a hefty brown bag as your base for an extra-green touch!

Will you be wrapping green this year? I’d love to see what creativity you have up those craft sleeves of yours!! Share your pics with me on Twitter, please! And remember to share your ideas, here. xx Bianca


8 thoughts on “Wrapping Holiday Gifts the Green Way

  1. Great ideas. I like to save those large light brown papers used to wrap breakable items, then paint and decorate for a personal touch. I gather fallen leaves for stencil art. I make my own cards with scraps, paint and glitter, which my friends like to keep as a remembrance (as opposed to being thrown away). To attach a small gift card to a bag, I use wild grass blades from my garden.

  2. This is a great reminder! Sometimes I get sucked into wanting all the pretty wrapping paper that’s out there, so this reminds me I have plenty of better, more creative options at home!

  3. I think there’s something beautiful about using newspaper as wrapping paper especially when done in a more artistic way like you’ve shown. So much more visually interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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