Whatever you do don’t spend big bucks on gift wrapping this Christmas. I promise. You don’t need to.
In fact, you can have more fun and make a more lasting impression on friends and family by creating packaging supplies from trash you have cluttering your house—stuff that can be up-cycled into simply smashing wrapping.
Did you know that over the Christmas holiday Americans generate 25% more trash than they do on an average week? It’s sad but true.
However, if you wrap with trash to begin with, you not only save money by not buying paper and ribbon, you can help make the planet itself a happier place, as well.
So, this week I’ll do a series of DIY tutorials that will allow you to wrap with green-savvy class this Christmas.
Today, I’ll share how to wrap using maps, coke caps, duct tape, and lots more.
What you will need:
- Bottle caps
- Popsicle sticks
- Decorative duct tape
- Green painters’ tape (even masking tape, perhaps)
- Recycled red ribbon (or any other color you like)
- Hot glue gun
- Buttons (any color you have)
Find an out-of-date atlas or any other kind of map you might have discarded as out-of-date or no longer useful.
Cut the map to size and wrap as you would any other paper.
Use duct tape as ribbon.
Add green painters’ tape and recycled red ribbon from last Christmas.
Hot glue popsicle sticks to creat a star.
Decorate the star with green buttons.
Hammer the edges of a discarded coke cap flat to create a ruffled-looking edge.
Hot glue the coke cap to the center of the star.
Hot glue a discarded, screw-on coke cap to the underside of the star to give it height and dimension.
Hot glue the completed star to the center of your package.
Now– This book about writing will thrill Sara’s nephew Nathan on Christmas, not only because he’s a poet, but also because the packaging itself is green.
Next– Try your own extreme gift wrapping. You, too, can be package-proud and planet-friendly this holiday season.
Later this week I’ll share how you can continue this practice of holiday ecology by gift wrapping with comic books, newspaper and much more.
(Note: I will be doing more memoir posts after the holiday. If you are a new reader and you would like to look at some of my already-completed pieces about growing up with a mafia father, click here.)