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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping Tips and Craft

Diane Hoffmaster 


‘Tis the season for some extensive gift wrapping! By the end of the month, many homes will have gone through quite a lot of wrapping paper that may very well end up right in the trash can. There are many ways to wrap a gift that will help reduce your carbon footprint. If you have children helping you wrap, they might like the quick craft idea that I included below as well!

Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping Tips

  • Use last year’s wrapping paper. If you can keep the kids from ripping the paper to shreds, try to store it neatly in a large plastic tub until you need it again next year. To help keep the paper in tack, make it into a game. The person to open their gift with the least amount of damage to the wrapping gets a special treat!
  • Use newspaper instead of wrapping paper. The funnies always make a great wrapping for gifts! This is a unique way to package a gift that still hides the present and reuses something that you would have recycled anyway.
  • Turn non-holiday wrapping paper inside out. If you have wrapping paper left over from birthday gifts, baby shower, wedding or anniversary presents, use that paper up by wrapping your gift with the pattern on the INSIDE. Ask your children to help you personalize the paper with markers, paint, crayons or stickers to give it a festive look.
  • Slip your gift into a gift bag. Instead of wrapping your gift with paper, consider using a sturdy gift bag instead! Doing this allows your recipient to reuse the bag again and again.
  • Or skip the paper bag completely. Another great eco-friendly option is to package your gift into something that your recipient will be able to use year-round, such as a cloth tote, tins, or even Ziploc® Brand Containers.
  • Get creative with household items. Use a paper grocery bag or a shoe box to store your gifts in. Most of us have plenty of these lying around and never know what to do with them. Have your children get creative and accessorize the outside with my simple project below!

DIY Gift Wrapping Craft

With children stuck inside due to cold, snowy temperatures, it is always nice to find a creative way to keep them busy! Here is a simple, eco-friendly craft perfect for the holiday season.

gift wrap craft 


  • Present wrapped in grocery bag or shoe box
  • Newspaper & paper plate
  • Paint, color of your choice
  • Jumbo Marshmallows


1.    Cover your table with some extra newspapers to prevent a mess.

2.    Present your children with the grocery bag (or shoe box) wrapped gift.

3.    Place colorful paint on a paper plate and hand them some large marshmallows. Please Note: Adults should be present during this craft to ensure children do not consume paint or marshmallows.

4.    Let their creative juices flow! Ask them to make 'circles' on the package, or create a snowman to make the wrapping paper look more decorative.  

5.    Throw marshmallows away immediately after craft time is over.

6.    Let paint dry and attach a small card or holiday ornament to the box or bag for an added touch.

There are many ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our gift giving during the holidays and finding eco-friendly ways to wrap our gifts is an easy one!  

How do YOU wrap your gifts during the holidays?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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