Holiday gifts

Image courtesy of Katrina Tauchen/SplashOfSomething.com
Image courtesy of Katrina Tauchen/SplashOfSomething.com

DIY It: Shopping Bag Bows

You’re likely doing a bit of shopping this season, and shopping bags can be challenging to recycle in some communities.

Make use of your shopping leftovers by transforming those bags into recycled gift bows for a unique wrapping solution without the waste.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself at Splash of Something.

Image courtesy of Andi Jenkins/All Put Together
Image courtesy of Andi Jenkins/All Put Together

DIY It: Shredded Paper Box Filler

Tissue paper can be tough to recycle and costs big bucks. Take a cue from All Put Together blogger Andi Jenkins and ditch the overfilled waste bins by subbing out tissue paper for box filler made from recycled magazines and Mod Podge.

“Shredded magazines are now my go-to gift box filler, and recipients always think it’s such a great idea!” Jenkins said.

For step-by-step instructions how to make this yourself, head to All Put Together.

Image courtesy of Fish Lips Paper Designs
Image courtesy of Fish Lips Paper Designs

Buy It: Recycled Wrapping Paper

If you’re looking for gift wrap that’s similar to brands you already use — with less environmental impact — consider wrapping with recycled paper.

Fish Lips Paper Designs offers a wide range of recycled wrapping paper for any occasion, including a holiday line. Their paper is made using soy-based ink and is processed without chlorine — meaning it’s safe for the compost pile.

Image courtesy of Lucy Fairweather/Fair Ivy
Image courtesy of Lucy Fairweather/Fair Ivy

DIY It: Old Magazine Gift Wrap

For a gift wrapping solution that’s low-waste and virtually free, try making bright-colored wrapping paper from old magazines like Fair Ivy blogger Lucy.

The creative crafter also uses brown paper grocery bags, embellished newsprint, and even egg cartons to wrap her gifts. Check out her post on resourceful gift wrapping for all kinds of ideas.

For step-by-step instructions for this magazine wrap, head to Fair Ivy.

By Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.