Tired of shelling out cash for wrapping paper so it can end up torn up in the trash? Here's a list of wrapping paper alternative ideas for Christmas gifts!
Disposable wrapping paper has become the norm in wrapping gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other holidays. You may not even think of other ways to wrap your gifts, but think about what happens to the wrapping paper after you use it.
It gets trashed, piling up in landfills, and ultimately the $5 you spent on it gets literally crumpled and ripped. Instead of throwing money out the window, here are alternative options for wrapping gifts this Christmas season.
Use Fabric as Wrapping Paper
The great thing about fabric is that it can be used repeatedly. It doesn’t tear as the present gets opened, and most importantly, it doesn’t tear while you're wrapping.
You can find inexpensive fabric pieces that are too small to sell in bulk at a local fabric or craft stores. After it has been used as wrapping, here are some ways you can use it again:
- Use the different squares to make a quilt
- Give it to others to use for their gifts
- Use it to make a tablecloth
- Make Curtains
- Save it for next year
No need for tape (plastic) when you use fabric either. Just tie it up with a pretty ribbon that can be reused over and over again too!
Make Wrapping Paper with Kids
Although wrapping with paper means it will get ripped and torn in the end, making your own wrapping paper is much less expensive than buying it. Not only is it inexpensive, but you can get your kids involved and turn it into a craft.
Use craft paper rolls that can found on Amazon.com or at education stores, craft stores and other online retailers. You can get 40 pounds of paper (way more than Christmas paper) for as little as $20.
Let your kids color and decorate the roll of paper and use it to wrap gifts. Family members, especially grandparents, love the sentiment of wrapping paper being created for them by kids.
Here are some fun Christmas ideas you can use on your paper:
- Use Christmas stencils. Trace out Christmas items such as trees, cookies, presents, jingle bells, Santa or words.
- Get stickers. There are tons of Christmas-themed stickers out there. You could have them place colorful stickers on the paper, practice writing holiday greetings with letter stickers or anything you want.
- Use red, white, and green to make the paper Christmas colored. Make designs, zigzags or simply color every white part with the colors of Christmas.
Use Cans and Tins
Some items are just difficult to wrap, period. Don’t worry, you can use tins and cans to wrap your gifts. You can find inexpensive decorative tins at your local dollar store.
If you want to make the wrapping process a little more thoughtful, grab plain colored tins and cans and decorate them yourself. Permanent markers and stickers work great for this.
Get Some Wrapeez
Another great option for saving money on Christmas paper this year is to get some Wrapeez.
Have you ever heard of Wrapeez? It’s a reusable, eco-friendly gift wrap that magically stretches over different shapes and sizes. With fashionable patterns, a built-in bow effect, no tape, and no scissors, you can have your presents wrapped in a flash.
If you haven’t tried Wrapeez, you need to check them out! It may cost a little extra up front, but you can use Wrapeez for years and years to come, ultimately never needing to buy wrapping paper again!
And your gift recipient can use it to wrap another gift too. It's a great way to pay it forward and inspire someone to make a simple eco-friendly decision.
Check out this video to see how easy it really is!
What other ways have you found to wrap your Christmas gifts without buying wrapping paper? Share your wrapping ideas in the comments below!
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