eco gift wrap DIY - as seen on Design Sponge!

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(description revised in December 2011)

tired of buying new gift wrap every year?

little know facts about your usual store bought gift wraps: 98% of them are not recyclable! if its shiny, its not recyclable! if its plastic, its not recyclable! if its metalic, its not recyclable! if it has glitter on it, its not recyclable! etc. etc. etc.

here is an idea we had to wrap gifts in a more ecological way
we used Kraft paper boxes as containers
they are available in most craft stores, but we mostly tend to reuse the jewellery boxes we get when we buy, well, jewellery ;o)

we wrap the boxes (and hide the company logos, if any) with recycled book pages
this particular batch was made with vintage (1930's) paper, salvaged from a French Literature text book
we made another batch with vintage medical textbook pages... they where pretty gross and awesome all at once

we used gros grain cotton or raffia twine or burlap rope or any piece of natural coloured or red yarn we could find in lieu of a ribbon

last but not least, we decorated the ribbon with recycled and repurposed red and wooden buttons

on the insides we added shredded vintage paper to fill the boxes up, and pattern paper too!

the possibilities are endless, really!

and all of the above materials are either re-usable or recyclable

this picture had the immense honour of being featured on the Design Sponge blog

Go read that article!
Its really inspiring
Its about "stuff-free" gifts
In our family, we've been doing so for several years now and at first we thought the Holidays would suck ;o)
but it turns out it makes them about family and good times instead of heaps of gifts... which is so much better!

we talk about it on our own blog as well

and it is continuously our most viewed picture in our Flickr sets since 2009!
Thanks for all the views gang!

juanhelo, Lígia Rocha, and 119 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. tanisalexis 63 months ago | reply

    yes. the paper on the outside. so delicate and I am not. :P

  2. .tomate d'epingles. 63 months ago | reply

    well im about to send you stuff
    i can send some more paper

    any supplies u need pooky?

  3. tanisalexis 63 months ago | reply

    um thanks luvluvluv. ;) lol. that's perfect.
    only those crimpy bead thingy's you showed me. those jewelry findings ya know what the heck Im talking about. hahaha......

  4. Leanan Cloudchaser 63 months ago | reply

    If you ever need a recipient for one of those little boxes - I volunteer ;-)
    Honestly, they look beautiful!

  5. .tomate d'epingles. 63 months ago | reply

    lol Kiki!
    i'm actualy all out!
    i sent the last batch last week

    i'm hesitating to buy some more, since its not very eco to BUY brand NEW boxes...

    i'm trying my hands at origami boxes this w-e, so maybe i'll be back with more, even MORE eco wrapping pictures soon :o)

  6. elena-lu 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called crafty thrifty frugal, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. Birch + Bird 42 months ago | reply

    Hi there,

    Just to let you know that we included your lovely packages on our blog post today.

    We would love it if you would stop by for a look. :)

    Rachel + Lily

  8. .tomate d'epingles. 42 months ago | reply

    What a gorgeous website!
    thanks a bunch

  9. {2H Design} 41 months ago | reply

    Simple, yet I love the "extra" with the buttons! Cute!

  10. wyld lil 29 months ago | reply

    Right on! Happy Holidays.

  11. bloodybee 29 months ago | reply

    these are SO beautiful!

  12. ecolleygist 29 months ago | reply

    Great idea and aesthetics!

  13. jillyspoon 28 months ago | reply

    Brilliant idea.

  14. jennyw47 27 months ago | reply

    lovely idea and looks so pretty too.

  15. simonteagiftstoronto 7 months ago | reply

    I love it. We have gift basket online store, will share this on my blog

  16. jilliangoodwin 5 months ago | reply

    This is a great idea, I'll put this on our blog at

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