|Posted on November 24, 2009 at 8:45 AM|
For the life of me I can never understand why you would go out and buy gift tags or bags when you probably have everything you need to make these in your own home. it's something that's fast, easy, and fun to do. Your kids will love making the gift tags and older ones can easily master how to make the bags.
This activity also keeps the kids busy while you're preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can even rope any adult visitors you've got into helping out. Some of the best times I have ever had with family and friends is when we challenge each other to find a new way to recycle magazines and other scrap paper. I confess to being a magazine junkie and although I often give away my mags once I've done with them, there are some that I find hard to get rid.
That's how making cards and envelopes from magazines started for me. I went on to start using pages to wrap small gifts and from there my gift tags and bags came about. I now even make tabletop trees from my magazines. It's loads of fun, it's green, and it's frugal. So why not do it? Let me know how it worked for you.
And when you're done making your tags and bags, shred what's left of the magazine to use in your bags instead of tissue paper. You can also use the shredded paper to protect gifts inside boxes you are sending out by post. That way you won't need to use those pesky Styrofoam chips. And tell your recipients to compost the bag and shredded paper!