Upcycling Grocery Bag Gift Wrap

Have I mentioned to you that I have a budding environmentalist in the family?  I do.  My daughter, Cameron has a huge interest in the environment, conservation as well as recycling efforts.

It’s with recycling (or in this case, up-cycling) in mind, that she encouraged me to wrap my latest gift offering using grocery store bagging.

Great idea, right?  this upcycling grocery bag gift wrap is a cinch.

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If you’re like me, you probably have quite a few brown paper grocery bags stacked in your pantry or closet.

Using these bags as gift wrap is actually a great way to get rid of them.

Simply cut open the bottom portion of the bag and spread it out just like large (albeit stiff) wrapping paper.

NOTE:  Consider ironing the bags once they’re flat like this to eliminate the wrinkles before wrapping.  I didn’t do that this time but next time I will. 

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I decided to wrap copies of two of my latest favorite cookbooks as gifts to my mom (Nana Banana).  She’s a book lover too (that’s where I get it from).

You can read my reviews of both of these books in my recent GOOD READS column.  Just revisit the post entitled, Delicious Spring.

I found this roll of burlap ribbon on sale at Michael’s for just a few dollars.

It’s a great item to keep in your stash of supplies because it’s not only beautifully rustic, it’s aso quite versatile.

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There’s a whole lot of khaki going on with this packaging but there’s an easy way to add a splash of color to the presentation.

Grab a few stems of artificial flowers and combine with a small twig (for additional texture and interest) for a nice centerpiece for the packaging.

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When folding brown bags like this, the paper can sometimes be a bit stiff.

For a more finished, crisper look, simply use your thumb and forefinger to run a crease along the edges of the wrapped packages.

Make sure your fingers are clean and free of oils when creasing the paper.

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I also made a small personalized tag to go with the packaging.

Here are a few more of my “must have” tools that I keep in my stash.

I’ve used this Birds and Nests rubber stamp set so many times I’ve lost count.

Also, I think everyone should have a large tag punch (available at most crafts stores) at their disposal as well as a small alphabet stamp.  These stamps come in upper and lower case styles.

You’ll find dozens of opportunities to use these tools and they’re worth having on hand.

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Here’s a look at the finished tag.

Simple, cute and to the point.

 

I gave this gift set to my Mom for Mother’s Day this year along with a Barnes and Noble gift card so she can add even more good reads to her personal library.

Upcyling never looked so good and Nana Banana loved the gifts.

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So, the next time you get ready to toss those brown paper grocery bags, consider how else they might be used.

Have you up-cycled anything lately?

I’m linking this Up-cycle project to the following:

Savvy Southern Style

Smart School House 

Craftberry Bush  

 

 

  • Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

    Thanks for reminding me of the versatility of a grocery bag. I used to cover my books with them back in the day. They make beautiful gift wrap and the burlap is a perfect compliment!

  • Thimbleanna

    Lucky Nana Banana! The wrapping is gorgeous — as always Lisa!

  • Kisha

    Beautiful packaging! I’m certain your mom will love both the packaging and the books. You have such an eye for detail.

  • Nana Banana

    The paper grocery bag wrapping and the burlap ribbon with flowers beautifully done and of course, the books are a delight to peruse. There are so many wonderful recipes and so little time ! Thank you – asante sana. Nana B

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