Wrapping and unwrapping presents is an important part of Christmas for most of us, but it can also be quite a wasteful time with tonnes of discarded Christmas paper committed to landfill. Here are just a few eco friendly alternatives for wrapping your Christmas gifts this year with the added bonus that they will look extra special too.
1. Vintage scarves wrap
The great thing about using vintage scarves to wrap Christmas presents is that you are actually giving 2 gifts in 1. A lovely scarf can either be worn or reused again next year for wrapping more Christmas gifts. You can either tie the scarves to hold them in place or tie with a pretty ribbon. You can find a great selection of vintage scarves in the Oxfam Online Shop.
2. Old magazines or old road map wrap
For fashionista friends, old fashion magazines can make great wrapping paper for smaller gifts. Pick out the pages full of colourful photographs for a bright look or for a monochrome look, choose pages that are mainly black and white and finish it off with a bright red or gold ribbon.
Using an old road map or city map is also a great way to recycle them if used. Plus, it’s easier to wrap big presents in 😉
3. Homemade wrapping paper with stamps
Personalise plain old brown paper with stamps and create a 100% unique wrapping paper.
For maximum sustainability, you can make your own stamps using potatoes. Plus it’s a great way to get the kids involved.
To make a potato stamp you’ll need:
- Kitchen knife or craft knife
- Water-based paint
- Pencil or marker pen
- Baking paper or cookie cutters
- Waste paper for practising
Read more about how to create potato stamps in this blog.
You can store your potato in the fridge up to 5 days in a paper bag, not plastic as it will rot.
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