Have yourself an eco friendly Christmas! Along with using recycled gift packaging, try these green alternatives for Christmas ribbons, bows or gift tags. By using these ecofriendly gift wrap ideas, you will help the earth be a little merrier this Christmas.
Pinecones and Berries
You’d be amazed at how many lovely gift accents you have in your backyard. It’s easy to find fallen pinecones on the ground. Grab a few and attach them to the top of your gifts. Try dabbing the pinecone with a Coccoina adhesive-glue stick and then sprinkle it with glitter. These glue sticks are non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. They smell like almonds too. Find them at seejanework.com for $4.50. Also try using berry branches, pine and other natural accents.
Use some natural twine or hemp to tie up all those packages. Try this natural hemp cord with 126 ft of each of four earth tones. Find it for $8.40 at save-on-crafts.com. Instead of using tape, one can use this twine to tightly tie up Christmas packages.
Biodegradable Curling Ribbon
If you are one of those people who loves making mounds of curls on your presents, then try some biodegradable curling ribbon. This ribbon is made from cotton and soy-based ink. There are many bright colors and festive designs to choose from at sweetorganicsandnaturals.com. Get 10 yards of ½” wide ribbon for between $5.00 and $7.00. The ribbon uses a water based adhesive. It’s acid and lignin free too.
Ecofriendly gift tags
Use gift tags made from recycled materials or biodegradable items for your Christmas gifts. These gift tags are lovely and unique. Some even have plant seeds within for the gift that keeps on giving. Find many recycled gift tags at etsy.com. You can make your own gift tags using any recycled paper and Christmas themed stamps. Choose a stiffer paper for the best result.
If you have a knack for being crafty, try to make some of your own wrapping paper bows. All you need is leftover wrapping paper, tape, scissors, cardboard and a ruler. There’s some great instructions on allfreecrafts.com. These look just as nice as the regular bows one can buy at the store.
Old Greeting Cards
Save old Christmas cards and then use the front of the card for a gift tag. Use a hole punch to out a hole in the corner of the card. Then, thread twine or other eco friendly product through the hole to secure.
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