I don't know about you guys, but for me Christmas is the time of year when my last-minute tendencies really come to the fore. It's always so busy during the holiday season that between my day job, blogging, client work and family gatherings, there's little to no time left to shop for gifts, let alone wrap them!
Wait, wait, wait! Don't take that garbage bag of wrapping paper to the recycling bin just yet. After you've created a paper fan and weaved yourself a handbag, unwrap these lists for a whole heap of new ways to recycle your used wrapping paper. It just keeps on giving.
Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.
But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.
Really, I'm with the skeptics: it truly is quite wasteful to buy someone a gift they don't need, and then spend a whole 'nother bunch of resources hiding it under your tree. But, admittingly, my mouth waters when I see some finely designed gift wrap...i.e. that with zero cartoon snowmen and bold, graphic designs that just scream season's greetings. Then I see that it's $17/sq. yd. and I go back to skepticism.
But, what if some creative souls decided to make some affordable options? Well, then they might look something like this:
My whole family hates that I refuse to buy thematic, seasonally-appropriate wrapping paper, with matching ribbons etc. I never quite got the decorum of gift giving (like why buy a gift, then spend an extra ten dollars to wrap it and put a card on top, when I could have just got you a $10 better gift?!?!), but now, we can cite the unncessary waste of disposable gift wrap. DIYLife suggest five environmentally friendly alternatives.