Been seeing some beautiful eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas around the web. Thought you might want to see some lovely examples you can make with simple recycled paper .
Hold on to ribbons, yarn, string and interesting little items that can be used to embellish your gifts. I keep junk mail items that have pretty patterns ot typefaces to make cards and tags.
1. Make embellishments using stencils on cardstock.- Use an old office folder or piece of cardboard from your pantyhose. Trace the stencil on it and cut it out.
2. Collect string and yarn from friends and family - Tie it on your brown paper packages or whatever kind of packages you have. If you stay within a certain color palette, your gifts will looked pulled together and gorgeous.
3. Stamp on plain paper - Use your decorative stamps to create your own design on brown paper. Trader Joe bags work well.
4. Jingle that bell - The addition of the letter and the single jingle bell gives this package a sophisticated look. Look for embellishments like letters in the craft section of your favorite store. Often these items get marked down making them dirt cheap.
5. Add a folded element - My sister taught me how to make medallions lst year. She has a special board for making paper creasing easy. I have tons of them at my shop. Okay, maybe not tons.
6. Reinterpret old ornaments - The embellishment on the package above is not eco-friendly, but it is cute. It's a way to recycle old Christmas tree ornaments with paint.
7. Embellish with found stuff - Buttons, brads, whatever you have can be used to decorate your gifts.
8. Break out the pastels. - Use those pale ornaments to embellish gifts no matter the season. These would be lovely for a birthday party.
Hope you try some of these lovely gift wrapping ideas.