Recycled Gift Wrap

24 Dec

Too much paper ends up in the landfill. Back in the old days our Grandparents would use whatever paper was available to wrap a gift, such as newspapers and paper bags. So why not bring back an old-time tradition, save yourself some money and help out mother earth.  For this particular package I used an old map. It is a fun and thoughtful way to wrap a gift in memories of places visited. If you use store-bought wrapping paper ask your family to carefully open the package so you can save the paper to re-use next year along with the ribbons!  You can also use  wrapping paper to line drawers,  or as book covers, or even shred the paper to fill packages that contain fragile items you plan to ship.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen


6 Responses to “Recycled Gift Wrap”

  1. the blonde gardener December 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I love the idea of using other types of paper to wrap gifts. Really personalizes the gift. Glad you mentioned shredding the paper, too. I have been shredding wrapping paper for years.
    Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas from Arkansas!

    • Susan T's Kitchen January 1, 2013 at 12:45 am #

      I try to re-use recycle everything…I hate throwing things away, to me it is like throwing money in the trash.

  2. Nine Cent Girl December 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    So love this idea… best in 2013!

    • Susan T's Kitchen January 1, 2013 at 12:45 am #

      When I was a kid my mom would have us open packages carefully and slowly! We would all fold up the paper and collect the ribbons, which she would put in a box for next christmas. She was frugal before it became hip and cool. All my life I have been frugal just like her…hey the money we save can be used to buy something nice, invest, or whatever. I hate buying things that end up in the trash.

  3. Susan T's Kitchen December 12, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Reblogged this on Susan T's Kitchen.

  4. Born To Organize December 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    I love reusing paper in creative ways! Your map-wrap is stunning. One year I made a bow using the Radio Shack Christmas ad. The skies the limit.

    Well done, Susan!

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