Saturday, December 18, 2010

Extra Buttons and Yarn Gift Wrap

Use those extra buttons you have laying around the house to create a fun, whimsical gift wrap design.  I wrapped the gift in double-layered crinkled tissue, threaded the buttons onto textured yarn and wound the yarn around the box in a random pattern.  I tied the yarn in a double knot on the back of the box to secure. You can also attach the buttons onto the gift with craft glue.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pillow Boxes

Reused wrapping paper or paper towel tubes are used to make pillow boxes accented with household items. Small items or candy can be placed in these adorable and easy to make treasures. Make sure to tape the ends after they are filled so the goodies don't fall out.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Snow flakes shapes are cut from a plastic bag to create an icy look. Apply glue only to the center of the flake and attach it to a box wrapped in double layer crinkled tissue paper. Accent the snowflakes with glitter glue to complete the winter theme.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Recycled Envelope Wrap

A colored plastic bag and recycled paper are used to create stylish envelope wraps. Yarn is wrapped around the gift to secure -- extra buttons and small river rocks accent the gift. This eco friendly gift wrap is perfect for small items and gift cards.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Recycled Gift Wrap Using Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are used to create unique gift wrap that is sure to be a conversation piece as well as an economical solution for gift wrapping.

Reused red tissue and a white plastic bag is used to wrap the gift. The gift is accented with twine made from twisted strips a red and white Target bag. Candy is taped around the gift for an extra treat.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Photo Gifts

A photo gift makes a great alternative to a bow. You can attach a holiday picture to the top of the gift to show the recipient. Not only will it become part of the gift but it will be easy to distinguish who each gift is for. This is especially nice if you have a tree surrounded with lots of presents.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wrapping Large Items

For large items, don't use an entire roll of paper to wrap the gift. Save your paper -- print out the picture of the gift on nice cardstock along with the gift’s secret location. Place the card in a small box and wrap it as if it is the gift.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Paper Towel Tubes

Reused paper towel tubes are used to make pillow boxes accented with household items. Small items or candy can be placed in these adorable and easy to make treasures.

Cut the size of the tube desired and press in the ends to create a pillow box. Use yarn, buttons, fabric and anything else of interest to wrap around the tube and glue. Insert the gift and use tape to seal each end to secure.

Save Money and Reduce Waste with Recycled Gift Wrap!

You can save money and give back to the environment by using recycled and household items to wrap and accent your gifts. Packages decorating with natural elements and on hand materials will not only create beautiful one-of-a kind gifts but will also save money and reduce waste during the Holidays. Here are some of my designs. I will be updated this section daily so check back often to see my new ideas.