Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Must Haves - Pretty Packages

Today isn't so much about a must have, but rather a must do...
Under normal circumstances, today would be recycle day - but given it's a holiday, I will drop off the stack of paper that's accumulated over the past couple weeks at my local recycle center myself.  It's hard to say good-bye to all that beautiful wrap that sits patiently in the recycle bin.  It reminds me of all those pretty packages that used to be under my tree - so, here's a little creative inspiration to tuck away for next time - it's not only gorgeous, but green.

And let's not forget about all those holiday cards - consider a greeting card recycling program such as St. Jude's Ranch, here.  The children at St. Jude's Ranch earn money by creating new holiday cards from the old.


Use peppermint candy instead of styrofoam peanuts - it's easy to recyle those!
image via Country Living. 

Even simple can be stunning! 
Kraft paper and scrapbooking "scraps" can be wonderful package decor.
image via Country Living

A bow made out of Christmas bulbs - I love this idea! 
Next time the bulbs blow - think about saving them for this clever look. 
Or even one as a package tie could be fun and unique
image via Good Housekeeping
Again, taking something so simple and turning it into something special - recycling at it's best.
Image via Diana from the Blog: Anyone Can Decorate

Fabric gift wrap - an easy idea for a designer, as we always have fabric samples and scraps left over.
image via Martha Stewart

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