Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It isn't easy being green...

... at Christmas time.  Oh tosh.  Of course it can be VERY easy!!
Something I feel guilty about every year is the massive pile of wrapping paper that gets tossed out on Christmas Day.  We go through our wrapping paper on the day, salvaging bigger unripped pieces to recycle as much as we can, but the "keep" pile gets smaller each year and after you've cut off the mangled bits the pieces get smaller too.  And the next year there're always one or two bigger pressies that need LARGE amounts of wrapping paper and one always ends up buying a few more rolls just to keep yourself topped up in wrapping paper and just because you don't want to run out...
and I feel guilty about buying new paper all over again.
well not this year!
I decided to go really green, and use newspaper this year.  Remember my eco-friendly gift bags?  Yes, I am still making up those to use in all my other gift-giving too.  Actually I really do like the muted and monochromatic look of newsprint; the rustic look of it appeals to me more than bright glossy sparkly paper.
The little tags were made using a piece of lightweight cardboard found rolled inside a poster, and the little gingerbread man stamp I've had for years, from back when I was really into card-making and made all my own cards.  Actually, I still do make most of my own cards... which doesn't take up very much time since my designs lean towards the very simple in style, which is my style..  A time-consideration thing there as well as my personal taste.
Just to make it all a bit more personalised; I select parts of the newspaper that suit that person.  So, Tim is into cars in a big way, and Cassie is fashion-conscious.  Sam loves the comics and the puzzles, and then for my man who loves to dream of travel... the luscious scenery in the travel section.
So, no guilt come clean-up time.  And let's face it, it is the gift inside that really counts, right?!

25 comments:

  1. I used to feel guilty about the wrapping paper, but now our family has gone the route of gift bags. The sturdier ones last for a number of years before they get cut up for gift tags. One of these years I will get around to my idea of sewing up fabric bags in every conceivable size. One of these years...

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  2. I have made fabric envelopes and drawstring bags this year. I am hopeful that these will be re-used and cut down on my work next year! Individualised newspaper pages are a lovely idea.

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  3. That is such a great idea. Hope they enjoy what is inside too! Have a lovely Christmas. Oh, I meant to comment before that your knitted cardigan looked really lovely. Mave

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  4. These are great ideas, I'll remember for the rest of my present wrapping!

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  5. Absolutely, it's the gift that counts, but the newspaper is really a neat idea.

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  6. It is very nice but eh... I would not dare to use Dutch newspaper for all gifts. Over here, newspaper ink rubs off easily and I would be worried about staining gifts.

    By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog. I have in fact tried to post several times on your blog recently but both blogger and safari (it was on of the motivations for the internet connection change, but I'm not sure yet whether it has made any difference) sometimes disconnect, so the comment doesn't get posted. Here for hoping that won't happen this time

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  7. Except... except... except... I don't *take* the newspaper! I'd have to buy one specifically to wrap gifts. ;)

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  8. Love this idea. I have used it in the past on occasion and actually considered doing it this year. I love using the comics section.

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  9. Your gifts look great! Really cute.
    It makes me nostalgic for my childhood when people would often wrap presents in the "funny papers" (comics from the paper) to save money. Everything comes back around I guess.

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  10. I luv this, and the cereal box gift bags are too cute!

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  11. I love your cards and wrapping. Like your sewing they look simple and stylish.

    I have been a sewer all my adult life. in the early 80's, I was disgusted by the amount of waste paper one Christmas and decided to make gift bags from fabric scraps and Christmas fabric. They have been well used over the years and now bring lots of memories with them. All the best for Christmas.

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  12. When I was a small child my mother (who is much more organized than I am) would save the Sunday color comics in a box all year to use as wrapping. And then my brother and sister and I would sit under the tree and read the outsides of all our presents for hours, since we hand't seen some of those comics in a month and they were now funny again. Good memories.

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  13. I like to use "unusual" green wrappings for my presents, too! Mom and Dad gave me a BOATLOAD of large format printed maps from "National Geographic" and I've been using them to wrap prezzies over the last year. It's fun to watch folks try to figure out where their map is from. :)

    Have you seen this tute for making your own bows? It would totally fit with your theme. http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html

    Merry Christmas to you and your fabulous family!

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  14. Clever and elegant! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Bravo!
    I am a big advocate for green actions, and encourage my children to reuse as much as they can and be creative -
    I love you for doing this and spreading the word ;)

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  16. My family has been doing that for years, the best is using the comics page for little kids because they're still bright and colorful. Or sometimes you can buy for very cheap the end bolts of blank paper from the newspaper company that is too small for them to use and color on it with markers.

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  17. I'm totally in love with the idea of using personalised newspaper. Now my wrapping will actually look like I put effort into it ;)

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  18. What a great idea, I think I'll introduce it to my family.

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  19. The wastefulness of wrapping paper is something that has bothered me for a long time now too, but I have not done much about it aside from saving as much as possible and reusing. My son wrapped a shoe box that has been reused several times now for gifts and I always save those fancy boxes that corporate gifts come in for reuse. We don't get the newspaper so that isn't an option for us, I suppose I could use junk mail but that just doesn't seem right! Now that the kids are older and not receiving copious amounts of plastic, the wrapping has naturally reduced anyway, something I have noticed this year more than any other.

    Another thing I find wasteful is Christmas crackers so this year for the first time I am breaking with tradition and tieing a candy cane with curling ribbon and placing this on each plate instead....useful....not wasteful!

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  20. :D That's so smart and awesome! I love how they're tailored to everybody's likes and personality! The gingerbread man gift tags are very cute.

    My other two top-three job ideas are paediatrics (in a hospital setting, not a practice) and Internal Medicine (in which, unlike GP, I could work either in a hospital or a practice), maybe even specializing into Rheumatology. Good thing I still have at least a year and a half left to decide.

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  21. Excellent post, Carolyn! My mother had been wrapping our gifts in newspaper for years. My children even asked if we were wrapping the Christmas gifts in newspaper this year!

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  22. I've been using furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) to wrap presents. Similar to gift bags but more forgiving of the size and shape of the contents. There are lots of creative ways you can tie them too.

    I blogged about them here: http://bloodsweatshoptears.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/fantastic-furoshiki/

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  23. Great idea! I've used brown paper before now with different ribbons for different people, but newspaper is a great idea. Might have to pinch that idea myself!

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  24. Your idea is fantastic and the gifts look amazing wrapped in newspaper.
    Clever and creative but so simple.

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  25. This year I'm about out of my stash of wrapping paper. So I've been wrapping in the comics too. I'm thinking of using scraps for patchwork bags at some point but that is time consuuuuuuming....

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