Intro: Creative, Free, and Recycled Ideas for Gift Wrapping
Step 1: Potatoes and a Brown Paper Bag
Get out a potato, cut it in half. With a marker, cut a simple shape onto the potato. With an exacto knife, carefully cut away the negative parts of your shape. And, you have a potato stamp!
Take out an old paper bag, open up the bottom, and cut it down the sides so it lays flat.
Get out some acrylic paint and brush it onto your stamp. Press the stamp firmly to your paper and repeat until you are happy with the look.
Wait for it to dry, then wrap up the gift!
Just cut out a little rectangle for a card, and you're done!
Step 2: Old Basket
Take out a magazine you've already read and cut the whole thing into strips.
Stuff the bottom of the basket with the strips and start adding stuff.
You can even use pages from a fashion magazine to wrap up small gifts, then add some cheese, a few sprigs of lavender, and a little bow!
Step 3: Old Sewing Pattern
If you have a large awkward-shaped gift to wrap, use an old sewing pattern!
If you want a matching decoration, check out Youtube user Natural Mindset's tute for using old patterns to make pom-poms.
Step 4: Old Music Book
Using an old music book, rip out and roll up a couple pages and tie with a ribbon. Add one to each of your gifts as decoration!
Step 5: Some Other Recycled Wrapping Options
Other options include:
The Sunday funnies
Old comic books
Have fun knowing you're saving money and the environment!