what's this? a gift for me? aw!

Green Christmas Tip Number One: Wrap gifts with pretty scarves, I can get them second-hand or 5 for $10 at Ardene. They are a gift in themselves and can be tied to make knot-purses, table runners, etc.

I add to the scarf idea by tying the corners to 2 bangles to make a nice bag.

Ingenious techniques for wrapping gifts can be found here!


Green Christmas Tip Number Two: Old Sweaters! Like the one you got last Christmas that you know you’ll never wear…Upcycle it into a gift! They can be made into a comfy couch cushion, mitts, booties, leg warmers, hats, stuffed toys and more! If its 100% wool it can be felted, oh the FUN!

a charming sweater becomes mitts for mom and slippers for baby

Weihnachtskarte Seide 1900

Christmas Cards can be re-used in many ways!

Green Christmas Tip Number Three: Save Christmas cards to use for all kinds of crafts. You can cut out the pictures on them to make gift tags, cut them into strips, staple into loops and make a garland and/or cut and paste pieces of them to make new cards or scrapbook embellishments.

Green Christmas Tip Number Four: Baby Socks! This year I dug out my kids outgrown socks and cloth-pined 24 of them on a ribbon to make an advent calendar.

Each sock has a little treat inside. You could also use the socks to hide treats in and hang them in the tree.

They make sweet gift card holders too.

Green Christmas Tip Number Five:
 Instead of using tissue paper for gift bag filler, why not make use of the SCADS of Christmas flyers that come in the mail.

What’s your Green Tip?

Thanks to Brooke McCartney-Langdon for letting us share her Green Christmas Tips!

The photos of beautifully wrapped gifts, throw pillows, mittens, slippers, socks and treats are also from Brooke.