Making handmade gifts is such a lovely feeling. The thought and time that has gone into each one. Knowing that you haven’t just gone out and bought “something nice”. But once you have made it, it needs to be wrapped and gifted.
After all the time you have taken to handmake a present, rushing out to buy supermarket wrapping paper isn’t really going to do your handiwork justice. So how do you wrap your handmade items using items you already have and not create excess waste?
You could wrap your gift in leftover fabric
Image from here
Or you could use newspaper
Or old books
Brown paper works well as you only have to buy one roll and then personalise it for each occassion.
And let’s not forget those yummy hobnobs from yesterday. Why not use a paper plate to wrap those?
If you’ve been inspired by these, why not check out my Pinterest Gift Wrapping board for more ideas?
Day 2 of Zero Waste Week. How are we doing?
As I mentioned in my pledge post our christmas this year will be mostly handmade and/or upcycled. An easy enough concept but coming up with good ideas for gifts is actually pretty hard. As you can imagine I have spent a lot of time searching the internet (Pinterest is a favourite) looking for ideas. I can’t share actual gift shortlists here as I obviously want them to be a surprise but I can share with you some of my favourite upcycled gift ideas.
I have tried to chose gifts that use items that most of us have or can get easily enough. So here goes.
Rock plant labels. A perfect gift for the gardener of the family
Homemade crayons for the Lego enthusiast – big or small 😉
Dinosaur coat hooks from here but of course you could use anything to make hooks. Lego pieces, old keys, spoons, forks
How about a cake stand made out of mismatched tea cups and plates?
I love this idea and suspect that most of us will have a few mismatched cups and plates. I know I do. If not, why not have a browse around local charity shops?
So there we have a round up of my favourite upcycled gifts, however, both Jen Gale and Rae Strauss have lots more ideas for upcycling on Pinterest. So why not pop over to their boards and be inspired?