Happy Friday Everyone!
With Christmas less than a week away, I know many of you are rushing around to get last minute gifts and wrapping underway. But at this time of the year, it is always great to have a reminder to make our lives a little greener during this consumption oriented time of the year. We wanted to share with you guys some greener gift wrapping options using fresh cut greens, upcycled paper and yarn. This will keep you on trend and off of Santa's naughty list!
Supplies you need: Brown or white craft paper or reusable brown craft boxes, scissors, tape, upcycled yarn/twine/reused ribbon, gift tags & fresh cut greens from Amsterdam Garden Centre.
Invariably most of us have ordered something from Amazon or another online store this Christmas, where in which a gratuitous amount of packing paper was used. One option is to recycle it, the other is to use it to wrap gifts! Brown paper has been such a trend for the last few years, so why go out and buy a roll of it when you have some sitting in your recycling bin already? Another option is to purchase a roll of recycled white wrapping paper which can be used for multiple events or holidays.
To adorn your gifts, use jute twine, colourful cotton yarn (I upcycled a red skein of yarn from a charity thrift shop) and fresh cut greens from our great selection at the store. We have cedar, eucalyptus, pine, fir, and even holly.
Once your gift is wrapped, simply wrap the yarn or jute twine around the gift a few times and tie in a tight knot. Then take 2 2"-4" sprigs of the greens of your choice (we used cedar, fir and ponderosa pine), lay it over the knotted yarn and tie a simple square knot around them and tie a bow for a finishing effect.
For smaller boxes and gifts, use just a single sprig or smaller sprigs of greens. To keep everything interesting, use a variety of greens and play with the style of yarn wrapping. Another trick is to reuse the gift tags year after year for each recipient - just be sure to collect them at the end of the night and put them with your wrapping supplies for the following year.
And voila! Your very own stylish and yet extremely green gift wrapping option! Everything here can either be recycled, reused, and composted (even the cotton yarn), leaving you with a wasteless Christmas gift giving event.
Cheers and Merry Christmas - Heather Youl, Digital Media Manager