Whatever you do don’t spend big bucks on gift wrapping over the holidays. I promise.You don’t need to.
In fact, you can have more fun and make a more lasting impression on friends and family by creating packaging from trash you have cluttering your house–stuff that can be up-cycled into simply smashing wrapping.
Did you know that over the December holidays Americans generate 25% more trash than they do on average?
However, if you wrap with trash to begin with, you not only save money by not buying paper and ribbon, you can help make the planet itself a happier place, as well.
So, below is a DIY tutorial that will show you to wrap with green-savvy class this Christmas. It’s about how to wrap using maps, coke caps, duct tape, and lots more.
What you will need:
- Bottle caps
- Popsicle sticks
- Decorative duct tape
- Green painters’ tape (even masking tape, perhaps)
- Recycled red ribbon (or any other color you like)
- Hot glue gun
- Buttons (any color you have)
Find an out-of-date atlas or any other kind of map you might have discarded as out-of-date or no longer useful.
Cut the map to size and wrap as you would any other paper.
Use duct tape as ribbon.
Add green painters’ tape and recycled red ribbon from last Christmas.
Hot glue popsicle sticks to creat a star.
Decorate the star with green buttons.
Hammer the edges of a discarded coke cap flat to create a ruffled-looking edge.
Hot glue the coke cap to the center of the star.
Hot glue a discarded, screw-on coke cap to the underside of the star to give it height and dimension.
Hot glue the completed star to the center of your package.
Try your own extreme gift wrapping. You, too, can be package-proud and planet-friendly this holiday season.
Have you done any extreme gift-wrapping, yourself? What’s the most unexpected item you have ever used to wrap a gift?
To see more of my gift-wrapping-with-trash ideas, please visit my blog at the Huffington Post–and while you’re there, I’d love you to leave a comment and “fan” me!