We like to keep our Christmas simple. Notice I said like and not we keep our Christmas simple. Each year we say it's going to be different but each year it stays the same. Lots of gifts under the tree and too much money spent by everyone. We've already made the attempt to create a handmade Christmas this year. Already is feels different. Yesterday I mailed out gifts to my sister-in-law and two nieces and every gift in the box was in fact handmade. I'll add photos after the holiday in case they happen upon my blog before the 25th. Can I say how incredible it felt to make everything by hand? Although I had the stress of completing them in time, I spent so little money and instead spent effort and heart on these gifts. I finished them off by wrapping them in fabric and tied together with thrifted snowy, fuzzy yarn.
I try to go to the after Christmas sales, making sure Joann's is on my list so that I can stock up on fabric to use the following year. This fabric was .99 cents a yard. My SIL is very crafty so I'm hoping that she will give the fabric to the girls and they can make something from this. "Two gifts in one" type of thing. I mean wouldn't you love to receive a gift wrapped in Alexander Henry fabric. Of course at $15 a yard that wouldn't quite fall under frugal. But very useful. And if the recipient isn't frugal they can either donate the fabric to someone who does sew or reuse the fabric the following year.
The yarn was .25 cents at a yard sale and the tag was in a pack at Target 75% off the original price.
Other ways to creatively green your gifts:
-Wrap them in scarves or silks
-Recycled Boxes that you stamp with carved potatoes
-Christmas paper from the year before, use twine instead of tape so that it can be used again
-Fabric sacks (we used to make our own but now I cut fabric like I would paper. It's much faster)
-Thrifted baskets. If there isn't a lid make sure the gift is hidden with fabric
-Chenille bedspread, especially if they are damaged and unusable for bedding, perfect for your shabby chic friends
Do you have any green wrapping tips to share?