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Amiga, Christmas is here and the spirit of extra gift giving is upon us!
I would love to share one of my favorite sustainable ways of wrapping small gifts with a used grocery paper bag while also sharing with you how I used the Lil’ Libros complimentary printable gift tags. If you’re not, yet subscribed to their newsletter, sign up at Lil’ Libros.
If I see an opportunity to recycle and reuse – I will take it! Are you the same? Amen to sustainable living.
I use reusable shopping bags, but there are always those days when I pop-open my car trunk to realize I didn’t place my reusable bags back in my car after my last shopping trip. How many times has that happened to you? #MomLife Right? haha On those days, I purchase paper bags.
If I don’t use the paper bags for birthday gift wrapping throughout the year, I save them and I end up with a nice stack at the end of the year to wrap small Christmas gifts!
Only one grocery paper bag was needed to gift wrap the Lil’ Loteria: A Bilingual Picture Word Bingo Game (English and Spanish Edition). Excess paper was cut and ends were folded as you would any gift wrapping paper and taped with Scotch Gift Wrap Tape . Any tape will do, but this one is my favorite because it disappears with a nice satin-finish. It’s all in the little details!
When creating crafts where I want to write and even doodle on, I turn to Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens. I love that they provide great color, yet don’t bleed through the page, and the medium point allows me to create thin or thick lettering.
I took the excess scraps of the paper bag and gave the adorable gift tags a mat to sit on and be framed by to give them an extra pop of attention.
Here you can see the detail of the bows tieing these super adorable Lil’ Libros printable gift tags and the bold, yet delicate lettering I was able to create on them!
I purchased the beautiful white and metallic gold twine at HomeGoods. I love how the gold compliments the naturally rustic beauty of the paper bag by adding delicate elegance to the gift!
There’s a very similar twine on Amazon, if you’re interested.
I wanted to create little extra detail for the gift tag portraying Our Lady of Guadalupe, so I took a 6″x6″ square of tissue paper and folded it like an accordion and taped it underneath the bow. Simple and pretty.
I’m so happy with the finished product! I love how these keepsake Lil’ Libros printable gift tags added a personalized touch grounded in our Mexican culture. (¡Gracias Ariana and Patty!)
We spend so much time thinking of a person’s likes and interests to decide on the perfect gift for them to only end up placing the gift into a gift bag — you gotta do what you gotta do, I completely understand. #MomLife is real, but if you can spend the extra time and energy to create extra special gift wrapping, please do! That in itself is a gift. Don’t you agree?
I would love to know if you enjoyed learning how I add a special touch to gifts when reusing a used grocery paper bag, instead of overly expensive gift wrapping paper. Please leave a note with your thoughts.
¡Feliz Navidad! May Los Tres Reyes Magos bring you a gift especially wrapped just for you on January 6 for Three Kings Day!