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.
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.
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.
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.