Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping - DIY Inspired
17th Dec2012


Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

I have been using recycled bags for about two and a half years now.  I have a pet peeve when the cashier forgets and puts whatever it is I purchase in a plastic bag.  Then, I have to kindly ask them to switch bags and explain that I haven’t come home with a plastic bag in XYZ years.  BUT every once in a while, I’ll get a brown paper bag.  To be exact, I have taken home 3 brown paper bags since February and so, I decided to reuse them for some eco-friendly gift wrapping.

Now, I get that getting your gift in a brown paper bag can be quite boring so I decided to add a punch of fun neon colors from Astrobrights Paper.  By the way, on their Facebook page right now, their tag line says, “May your days be merry and BRIGHT!”  So cute!  I love this paper because it comes in a variety of beautiful, bright, and happy colors in all hues.

Here are the materials I used.  Of course you may have some other ideas too!

  • Brown Grocery Bag
  • Astrobrights Paper
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Circle Craft Punches

I simply cut open a brown paper grocery bag.  It turned out that one bag wrapped all the gifts shown. I didn’t plan that but it worked out!

With the help of my trusty and WAY over-used paper cutter, I cut out colorful strips of Astrobrights Paper in various thicknesses.  I weaved a few of them together and layered some others.  I also use different sized circle punches to add to the design.  This paper is a fantastic substitute for expensive ribbon.

Here are some more photos and close ups.

May Your days be merry and BRIGHT!!!!
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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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