Is anyone else’s mom not particularly into pink? It feels like every Mother’s Day themed gift, card, or wrap that pops up this time of year is all pink, all floral. That’s not necessarily my mom’s style—she’s more into earthy tones and warm neutrals. That was my inspiration behind these super simple, natural recycled gift wrap ideas that I made with everything I had on hand.
Since you can’t necessarily recreat a gift wrap tutorial based around recycled materials that you have in your home, I thought I’d share a few shots for inspiration along with what went into them…
This green wrapping paper is made from the floral paper that last weekend’s spring bouquet came in, wrapped in a basic cotton yarn I have way too much of—some collected over years, some thrifted.
This funky pattern came with bright green tissue paper. Not exactly my (or her) style, so I took off the green and used the pattern with white paper and straw from another past bouquet. I have a little craft box for bits and pieces, which I reccomend everyone do, even if you’re not a big crafter. It’s a good way to cut down on waste, especially stuff that probably wouldn’t be recycled anyway, and makes for some creative gift wrapping (among other possibilities).
The gold paper is super thick and actually came all bunched up as packing paper in a box I received. Loved that it was used in place of bubble wrap and knew I’d find a use for it eventually.
Believe it or not, I actually only have one box and a few craft bins dedicated to gift wrap and paper supplies! These materials don’t take up much space and are always handy to have. A few ideas for things you might come across and want to save for future gift wrap:
Paper: tissue paper, packaging supplies, floral wrap, kraft paper, newspaper etc.
Bits and pieces: as tedious as saving bits of paper seems, keeping scraps of paper with pretty patterns, textures, or colors can lead to beautiful gift tags!
Packing supplies: bubble wrap or plastic sleeves from online products (I don’t purchase bubble wrap but end up with it occasionally from online purchases and reuse it for sending gifts)
Ribbon: twine, floral string, yarn, sewing supplies like ricrac or lace