UPDATE: This post originally ran on November 4th 2013, but for all of you who are wrapping your holiday gifts today, we wanted to share it again!
There’s nothing like the feeling of unwrapping a gift. The excitement of not knowing what’s inside; the thoughtfulness of the gift-giver; the look on his or her face as you find out what’s inside… it can bring you back to a childlike mindset, where life is simple and so full of wonder. What can be upsetting, though, is that gift wrap serves its purpose for such a short time — and that it’s not a necessity. This year, why not try wrapping your gifts with reusable materials? It’s a beautiful thing because it gives you such an opportunity to get creative, all while giving a new use to old materials. Here are some ideas for alternative gift wrapping this year. The first way is using paper materials you’ve collected, like paper bags from grocery stores or crinkled paper that comes wrapped around delicate objects when you purchase them. Gather some natural string and twine, as well as some beautiful berries, pine snippings, or twigs from outside for embellishment.
I love how simple these twigs look — they remind me of reindeer antlers.
I love the natural color palette these have all taken on.
Another way to wrap your gifts is to use a piece of clothing you no longer wear. I had been meaning to give a new use to this vintage printed romper — and this was the perfect opportunity.
Fold the fabric up, like this. Leave a few inches on top.
Stitch up the sides with a needle and thread, securing with a double knot.
Then, slide your gifts inside and place the flap over the opening.
Finish by tying a scrap piece around the package, and adding any embellishments you choose — I used a feather.
How will you be wrapping your gifts this year? Let us know!
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