Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap
So yesterday I mentioned gift wrapping. If you want to go green and save yourself some time and money, don’t waste the day going shopping for gift wrap. Recycle your old posters and magazines instead. Keep a box in your house someplace and whenever you are finished with your newspapers, magazines or any other items made from colourful paper, pop them inside. If you are a horder, just keep the one small box and send anything that doesn’t fit inside to the recycle bin.
Now, all you need is a present. Once you have found the perfect gift, take a few sheets of paper from your box – newspaper and magazine ads always look great, especially if you can find a picture of a celebrity or product that your gift recipient is in love with. Depending on the size of the gift, you may need to tape a few sheets end to end so you have enough to cover the gift. Smaller gifts, you won’t need the tape, simply cover the gift with a sheet or two, folding the ends in as with regular wrapping paper and secure with string, surplus ribbon or funky stickers.
Heres a few pics I took tonight whilst wrapping up a gift for a friend. I used some pages from a copy of Waterstone’s Books Quarterly Magazine (Issue 33/2009) that had been lying about the house a wee while (pages 79 onwards if you want specifics) as the gift wrap. This magazine is free to Waterstone’s card holders so the gift wrap didn’t cost me a penny. I also put the present inside a Graze delivery box I got in the post this week (more about Graze later), which is made from 100% recyclable materials. To add to the effect of the wrapping, don’t tediously cut the pages out of the magazine, have fun with it, rip them out ragged and layer the pages together! For this parcel, I decided against ribbon or any sort of tie as the paper looks striking enough to hold its own.
I started doing this a few years ago for all my presents, using tissue paper I got from coffee shop mug purchases and in-store wrapping materials, junk mail brochures, take away menus that got posted through my door…anything and everything I could find that could be turned into gift wrap. I even used a current copy of the Edinburgh Book Festival 2009 brochure to wrap my family’s birthday gifts this year, placing the events and author meet and greet ads they were interested in seeing on the top of the parcel. And yes, they spent more time looking at the wrapping than the actual gift!
So, next time you are about to throw out that old glossy magazine, re-think and pop it in your wrapping paper box.
As always, if you like this idea enough to use it, please send me a snap of your finished eco-wrapped gift in the comments section!