Thursday, September 2, 2010

Homemade Gift Bags

My uber-creative sister brought new meaning to recycle last Christmas when she announced—several month before Christmas, so we’d all have some warning—that she intended to give only recycled gifts. She cleaned out items in her home before a move, and unearthed treasures she didn’t use any longer. She cleverly decided to re-gift them to family and friends who might be able to use them. She gave me several pairs of earrings she thought I’d like—and I did! She gave our family a Go Phone in case one of us were to lose a cell phone. I love having that back-up!

I don’t consider myself quite that creative, but I do recycle store paper bags and use them for Christmas gift bags. Here’s how you can do the same.

• Collect them through the year as you make purchases.
• Store them vertically—behind a bookcase or cabinet works well.
• Cut out portions of Christmas cards to cover the store’s logo.
• Use another smaller portion of the same card for a tag.

Presto—totally free, unique and very cute!

Leslie Porter Wilson