Environmentally-Friendly Christmas Wrapping Paper

With Christmas only 5 days away (say, WHAAAAT?!), I'm sharing a wrapping paper secret with you that will help make your gift-giving extra special. For those of you like me, who always have fashion magazines piled underneath a desk or bed, this has to be the easiest and most environmentally-friendly wrapping paper idea. Read below to see just how I wrapped my Christmas gifts this year.

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STEP 1 - TEAR IT ALL OUT

Pick up your first glossy and begin tearing out the images that really speak to you. As you begin to create a pile of images, find a theme that will help each image flow together. Maybe you purposefully want to mix and match colors and textures, or maybe you want to stick with a color story like I do - for this package I chose orange and blue.

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STEP 2 - FIND THE FRONT

It works best when you find an image that really captures your attention. Remember, wrapping paper is folded in all different directions and some will overlap others, so find the image that you really want to feature somewhere on the front.

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STEP 3 - WORK FROM THE CENTER

With the focal point laying the center, begin working out in a grid pattern; finding pieces that complement the image beside it, until you have enough images to cover your gift.

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STEP 4 - TAPE IT DOWN

Once you have each image in place, it's time to grab your tape! Don't be afraid to use the tape liberally, or get creative using different colors! Black duct tape or masking tape could add a cool texture, or give the gift a little edge. I advise taping on the front and the back of the wrapping paper to make the paper more manageable for wrapping.

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STEP 5 - WRAP IT UP!

This is when you hope you taped it down in all the right places! If you're OCD about wrapping gifts like I am, carefully wrap your present with your tape close by. You may find that a few seams need mending, so be patient! 

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STEP 6 - ADD A BOW

Now the hard part is over! Find some ribbon that complements your color story, and tie it all together! Be creative, use different size ribbons or colors, or tie a big knot on the top instead of a bow. Now, your gift is ready for giving! 

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GIVE YOUR GIFT

Tuck your present under the tree because your gift is finally ready for giving! 

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