Upcycled Gift Wrapping

4 Aug

So I had a different post all set for today, but as I was going about my daily happenings I got too excited about a recycled DIY project that I put together. I decided I had to post this one instead. I’m kind of nerdy. And by “kind of”, I mean I am. I get way too excited about the simplest things and when it involves recycled materials it makes me even happier! I had been browsing through Pinterest (talk about an addition) and came across a picture of a wrapped present with a cute picture tag on it. You can click here to see the link I found.

After seeing the cute little present with the lovely picture tag, I thought to myself – I could make my own with leftover pictures I have stored away around the house. You know those random pictures you have, but don’t want to throw away? Yup…I found a use for them! I love beautiful cards, especially cards made by Papyrus, but dang…they can cost as much as a little present you are trying to gift! This is a perfect way to make use of those extra pictures and save some cash while you’re at it.  The tag is a perfect way to add something pretty, while providing a blank backside for a note. 

Okay, one more thing I don’t like to spend money on. Wrapping paper. I don’t know if it’s just me, but why does it always seem so BUSY? You want to get some beautiful Christmas wrapping paper and it all looks like Christmas on RedBull. No offense to RedBull, but sheesh! Plus, they stick it with a pretty penny price, when you can clearly see they thickened the cardboard roll to make it look like you are getting a big ole ream of paper…you can’t fool me. Ha!

In the past, I usually get plain colored tissue paper to wrap gifts and tie it up with twine or raffia. If I was feeling creative I’d find a cute little flower or leaf outside to wrap into the string. Simplicity at it’s finest. Enough of my gift ranting…onto my new inspiration!

I love the look of brown paper bag wrapping, so I did just that. I cut apart a grocery bag big enough to fit the gift I was wrapping. I folded and taped so the package was secure and used kitchen twine to seal the deal. I then dug through our pictures and found a wildflower picture from when we were in Vail, Colorado. I cut it into a narrow rectangle and paper hole punched a spot to stick my twine through. If you want to add a little more spice you can even add a flower or some greenery to the package just before you deliver it. Talk about a little Earthy love! I found this weed growing in my back yard and thought it went well with the picture tag I was using.

What’s sweet about this is you are using recycled grocery bags and pictures instead of buying new gift packaging products. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. I try to bring reusable grocery bags with me when I go to stores, but with the times I have forgotten or I purchase more items than my bags can hold (oops!) those sturdy brown paper bags end up at my house. I always keep them, but haven’t used them often. Until now.

You can really personalize the wrapping by adding picture tags that are significant to the gift recipient.  They’ll love this special little wrap job that only took you a few minutes to put together.

Any crafty gift wrapping you like to do?



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