20 Recyclable Ways to Wrap Gifts

Recyclable Ways to Wrap Gifts

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be gifts to wrap for one occasion or another! I know that I happen to enjoy when I’m given a gift and I can tell the gift giver spent a little bit of time making the wrapped gift look beautiful. Interesting wrap does two things:

  • It gives the recipient of a gift the feeling that the giver went the extra mile.
  • Even though wrapping paper generally gets ripped to shreds, it add more suspense to the surprise.

So when it comes to your loved ones, friends, or even business associates on any special occasion throughout the year, think twice before you settle for some cheap wrap from the dollar store. Think outside the box!

The truth is, there are plenty of recyclable materials around that make crafting your own wrap easy with barely any cost. Wrapping can even become great projects for kids.  Take a look at these recyclable ways to wrap gifts:

  • Flowers or flower petals. How awesome and sweet smelling would this be!
  • Old family photos you don’t want anymore.
  • Photos printed out from a digital camera.
  • Old posters are great for wrapping.
  • Leaves. New or just fallen there’s no cost, no problem finding them (depending on the time of year), and they are biodegradable.
  • Old mail: Most of it goes into the recycling bin but there could be some great pieces to cover a gift. For example, make an envelope for a check out of old bills!
  • A collage from newspapers and magazines.
  • Cereal boxes: remember the prize in the box when you were a kid!
  • Old fabrics, cloths or clothes the recipient of the gift can reuse or donate.
  • Toilet and paper towel rolls. Cut up and paint them creating an unusual texture with their cylindrical shape.
  • Tea bag wrappers. Tape them over the box of a new kettle.
  • Carpet samples or leftovers from an installation make a furrier presentation.
  • Old cassettes: stack and glue them together making a box for a gift.
  • Reuse old greeting cards.
  • Egg cartons. Need I say more? Paint them, glitter them, just go wild with them.
  • Old sheet music for a musical surprise. You could even write out a song as part of the gift.
  • Paper bags can go a long way when wrapping.
  • Milk or juice cartons: wash out, decorate and use them as a gift box.
  • Maps. These can be great for travel related gifts like a new bike helmet or backpack.
  • Scraps from a wood shop, metal shop, or printing company. There’s usually a lot of waste at these venues that can easily be converted into something useful like wrapping up a gift.

While some items listed above are simple to use as the main wrapping material others may need some help being attached. If you’ve chosen one of the latter here’s a suggestion:

  • First use newsprint or other recyclable material to encase a gift. Older used wrapping paper will also do and it’s the perfect time to recycle it.
  • Apply the chosen material such as flower petals, leaves, or photos with, glue, tape, or string, as you see fit.

Good luck gifting, wrapping, and making others happy! Do you have any other creative wrapping ideas to share?



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