Diy cookie packaging ideas
This is from Brooklyn stationary artist Museum Lab (formerly Frances Lab). (You should stop by Y&A’s holiday market if you’re in town; it’s dope.) The icicles are from the antique store, and the washi tape I had on hand. Or you can go on Etsy and looking for wrapping paper made in your area.
Besides wrapping paper, you can also purchase an ethically made scarf or organic tea towel for an elegant and useful paper alternative. See my Shopping Guide for online suggestions for where to get one, or attempt an NYC market or store – I’ve listed ones for you here.
Buy Reusable Wrapping Bags
This is by far the easiest option for wrapping presents.
Just shove your item inside, tie it, and voila! A beautiful present.
The sustainable part is that it will get used over and over for probably years before it finally falls apart. I got a three-pack from Bag-All‘s store in Manhattan. Lilywrap is another trade that sells stretchy, reusable present bags. The tag and bell pictured are both from the antique shop.
Reuse Some Materials
I actually love to indulge in potato chips every once in a while, but I feel bad about it. Not because of the health, but because their packaging is never recyclable. However, you can reuse their packaging, because it’s silver on the inside – perfect for present wrap.
Newspaper is another grand material that is frequently recommended for wrapping.
I actually only get the New York Times digitally now, but I stopped into a Chinese convenience store in Chinatown and bought a Chinese-language newspaper for a cool $0.50. (Newspapers are printed that morning in the same city, making them more affordable and sustainable than typical wrapping paper!) The result looks worldly, is neutral in content, and a step up from an American newspaper.
I also scrounged up an ancient sweater I was getting rid of.
I ponder if you tie it correctly, it can glance chic, if a bit lumpy. But I sort of dread the moment when my recipient looks at the stained sweater and is love, “Uh, I don’t own to hold this right?” It seems a bit awkward.
So I skipped that, but it’s available to you if you can make it work.
Hit Up That Low-Brow Antique Shop
You know that fusty “antique” (read: junk) store that every town has a few of? This put is grand for affordable and sustainable present wrap ideas. You just own to own an eye for what will translate into a chic present accessory. When you’re there, glance for:
- Tea or kitchen towels
- Vintage cards
- Old maps
- Decorative brooches
- Jars and cookie tins
I swung by Junk in Williamsburg, and had a ball digging through jewelry, ornaments, scarves, and linens until I got together a tidy passel of wrapping items.
The most expensive thing was this beautiful map tea towel, at $10, which I’m certain my recipient will continue to use. The glass icicles were $0.25 apiece, the jingles bells were $3 – I cut them off the cheap rope they were on to class them up. Everything else was $2 or under, and every of it can be reused for another present, or hung on the tree.
The vintage cards were especially useful as retro-chic tags, and the maps are both the perfect weight for wrapping. Plus, you can pick out a map that has special significance.
I got a map of Nevada so I could wrap my fella’s little present with Black Rock Desert, Burning Man’s location, on the front.
Save Up Those Odds and Ends
You own some stuff you can use. As someone who gets a lot of cool products in the mail, I own a lot of:
- Dust bags
- Tissue paper
… that I’ve been diligently collecting every year. I used every of these in my wrapping process. You’ll also see in my wrapping some sparkly wrapping paper my dude bought final year, and some Japanese washi tape I got as a present a couple years back from the moms.
Happy to use both up, as endless as they are on hand!
The under present is using a dust bag from an artisan boutique and vintage bells. When you store at sustainable and ethical makers of high-quality goods, you finish up with some gorgeous wrapping materials.
Tip: Use a hair iron to smooth out kinked ribbons. Then use the ribbons how they were originally intended: to seal packages closed in lieu of plastic tape.
Steal Some Christmas Tree Sprigs
NYC has New York State-grown Christmas trees being sold every five blocks.
I stopped at one by my apartment and asked the guy if I could own some little branches that had fallen off. He looked at me love a weirdo, but said it was fine.
Homemade eggnog decorated with twine and pine tree sprigs. Get my eggnog recipe here.