Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gift Wrap Alternatives

Our very own Kat of aeliosdesign on CTV this morning 
talking about gift wrap alternatives
In North America we spend billions per year on commercial gift wrap. If you are looking for some other ways to wrap gifts here are a few ideas:
  • Use other kinds of paper like newspaper, old sheet music, old maps, paper lunch bags, and old book pages. Add a potato print pattern, doodles, washi tape or stickers for more flair.
  • Reusable metal tins or wooden boxes, like vintage cookie tins or cigar boxes (search Etsy using our team tag "winnipegteam" to find local sellers)
  • Reusable cloth bags with drawstrings - make your own or check out local WESTie Sew Dandee's shop on Osborne for some locally made ones
  • Make paper boxes from old Christmas cards. Check this link for a how-to
  • Make pillow boxes from toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes
  • Furoshiki or bandana to wrap the gift--here are some instructions:
  • Decoupage boxes with old gift wrap so you can use the boxes over and over again 
  • Make your own gift bags from recycled materials, magazine covers, old maps or atlas pages, brown paper bags etc.
  • Use a stocking to pack up all the small gifts like make up, jewellery,  watches, etc.
  • You can find the small paper boxes from the segment here:


  1. well done Kat! Not sure how long it will be there but to view the segment go to and click on the right hand link titled "These ideas will make gift wrapping fun"

  2. So cool. You did a great job Kat.


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