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eco gift wrap DIY - as seen on Design Sponge!

(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!

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Uploaded on February 20, 2009