i definitely tried to have a "green" holiday with my eco-conscious tree and eco-friendly gift wrap. we had some brown paper grocery bags (which are made from recycled paper already and are easily recyleable themselves but i try to use the cloth ones whenever possible). but to be consious and green and creative for the holidays, i used only left-over brown paper grocery bags to wrap my gifts then recycle the paper after and save the decorations!
diy brown paper bag wrapping: - cut open the bags along the seam and then cut the bottom off to create a nice long rectangle. carefully rip the paper handles off, they make great ribbon substitutes later. - wrap the presents, like you would with regular wrapping paper, with the outside (printed) part of the bag on the inside so you get the nice clean natural brown finish. - then find household or craft scraps or even old ribbon from gifts you've received, (i used the paper bag handles, a package of colored zip ties, bells, rhinestones, plastic beaded doo-dads, and some turquoise hemp twine) and get creative with the decorations, a hot glue gun and a marker! i was loving the minimalist look, while my sister tess made a snowy tree with beaded wire doo-dad and rhinestones, (she also wrapped a ring like a swaddled baby jesus!!!).
other pics: - tess got a pink snuggie and reading light (but hates pictures). - me on christmas eve in my elf outfit of thrift-bought and then re-vamped red romper over black tights and flea market green boots and red belt, f21 purse and random old beanie.