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Christmas Wrappings

Don't buy new Christmas wrapping paper if at all possible. There are lots of things you can use instead; try to recycle and reuse instead.


For example:

  • Turn an empty foil-type potato chip bag inside out, wash it down, and use it as wrapping paper or as a gift bag. You can also cut the foil chip bag into strips to make the bow or curling ribbons.

  • Use the wrapper from reams of copy paper or printer paper, turned inside out, as wrapping paper. Stamp images on the blank side for decorations, or have your kids color a picture of holiday stuff on it.

  • Use the color comics as wrapping paper.

  • Use old color calendars and posters and magazines and flower catalogs as wrapping paper.

  • If you know a paperboy or delivery person, they usually throw out the brown paper that the newspapers come wrapped in. This is GREAT wrapping paper; just decorate it with stamps or paints or drawings.

  • Sometimes the local newspaper has roll-ends of newsprint that you can ask for and have for free.

  • If you sew, make a cloth gift bag that can be re-used again and again.

  • And of course, try to re-use any gift bags or wrappings that you saved from last year!

By Ness from Lakeview, NY


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December 23, 20000 found this helpful

This year I've been using the front of all of the Christmas cards that I'd saved since last year. I find one that coordinates with the gift wrap I'm using (you'd be surprised at how many times you find a perfect match) and just tape it to the front of the box. It's a great way to recycle those beautiful Christmas cards that I didn't have the heart to throw away last year!


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