Five Sustainable Wrapping Solutions for Eco-Friendly Gifts

newspaper gift bag tutorial from How about OrangeOr maybe you just need a one-size-fits-all sort of sustainable wrapping solution. Do what everyone else does–use a gift bag! This recycled gift bag tutorial from How about Orange uses newspaper–to mix yours up a bit, use a foreign-language newspaper, or give the outside of your bags a quick hit of spray paint to add some festive color.

It’s the details that can really make recycled wrapping look nice, so don’t skimp out on the tidy grommets and twine handles on these gift bags.

[Image by How about Orange, used with permission]

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. I love these ideas. This year we picked up a bunch of baskets as two dollar grab bags, and for the rest, I am going to cut up paper shopping bags and use the blank side as the visible side of the paper. Some rubber stamps for decoration, a twine bow, and a tag from scrap cardstock should make a lovely gift!

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