Wanna stop paying money for wrapping paper? And get outside with your kids? And show them how to be resourceful and creative? I could keep going, but that seems sufficient 😉 As an answer to all of these dilemmas, we decided to make our own nature gift wrap this year!
We receive so much brown paper in our Amazon packages throughout the year that it kinda just seems like a shame not to use it somehow. And I’ve always been a fan of old-school brown packages. Or what about all those pretty Christmas catalogs you get in the mail? These are some of my favorite materials to use for wrapping gifts!
And this year, we decided to embellish our gifts with some nature goodies that we found around our yard and neighborhood. Finn really enjoyed trimming some branches of greenery off our yew bush in the front and I snipped some cedar from a tree in the back. We also found a nice pine tree a few blocks away with the cutest little cones. If you want to try out your own nature gift wrap, follow along below!
Step 1: Head out in your own backyard, neighborhood, park, etc. and gather some nature pretties that strike your fancy. Get your kids involved! Let them wander and gather anything that intrigues them. It can be really interesting to see what each child picks out! Sometimes they find things your eyes may have wandered right past. And it makes the gifts they wrap super unique and very characteristic of themselves, which I love! Creating your own individual gift wrap makes it seem that much more personal and special. Here are some ideas of things to look for:
- evergreen branches (**see note on which types of evergreen to choose below)
- pine cones
- seed pods
- dried out flower stalks
Step 2: Gather your wrapping materials. Once you’ve brought all your nature finds inside, gather everything else you need for wrapping. Here’s what we used:
- brown packaging paper
- old catalogs
- hot glue gun
- nature goodies
- wood slices (for tags)
Step 3: Wrap gifts with your paper of choice. Hopefully I don’t need to go into too much detail on this one 😀 Just wrap your gifts as you normally would with whatever paper you’ve decided to use this time around.
Step 4: Get creative and decorate the paper with your nature finds. Depending on the age and skill level of your kids, let them each decorate a box or two! My little guy is three, so he really enjoys gluing things and putting tape on the package as I wrap it.
We used hot glue to attach some of the heavier items, like the little pine cones. On some of the packages, I simply used string to tie the branches on. Play around with it and see what works for you!
*A quick note on the types of evergreen branches you choose: In the past, I’ve found that spruce and fir branches don’t work as well since those get brittle quickly and all the needles fall off. Varieties of juniper, cedar, yew, and pine all seem to work well. (Pull out your handy dandy tree identification guide on that one if ya need to.)
And that’s it! Have fun with your nature gift wrap and coming up with different arrangements! It’s so fun to offer gifts to people when the wrapping is unique and they can tell you obviously spent time on it.
As always, I’d love to see what you come up with! Share photos with me on the Facebook page or tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #ourdaysoutside!
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