Sunday, November 30, 2008

unique and creative gift wrap.

I'm sitting on DK's couch reading this afternoon and feeling so inspired by the new Christmas tree. It's stunning, creates such warmth and makes this place feel so cozy!

Sitting in front of a tree like this, I can't help but think about Christmas and get excited about gift giving and gift wrapping. So I called my friend Martha (checked out her website :) and she gave me some great ideas... check these out!

PaperEasy to find and work with, vintage and repurposed papers add pop to presents. Layer several colors and textures, or add vintage beads for a finished look. Try using vintage wallpaper, Chinese newspaper topped with colored paper, a recycled map, grocery bag with Japanese beads.

ClothIn Japan, the art of wrapping gifts in cloth is called furoshiki, and it's brilliantly ecofriendly. Secure open ends with a button, safety pin, or knot. Try using vintage scarf, burlap rice bag, wool scarf with a knitting needle, tea towel with rickrack, scrap from a vintage kimono.

Natural Birch bark and fresh leaves are surprisingly pliable; just roll and secure with twine. Find them in Asian markets and outdoors. You can use banana leaf with cinnamon, bamboo leaves with hemp twine, bamboo leaves with star anise, banana leaves with reeds, birch bark with a feather.

FillersBiodegradable stuffing cushions small, fragile items just as well as plastic bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts, a recycler's worst nightmare. Try using used shredded wrapping paper, unsalted peanuts in their shells, air-popped popcorn, a pine bough.

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