recycling brown bags as custom wrapping paper

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I thought I would share a simple way we recycle old grocery bags in our house. I try my best to use reusable bags, but inevitably I remember them at the checkout stand with a pile full of groceries in my cart, after it’s too late to run to the car and fetch them.  When this happens I ask for paper bags, and once I’m home I fold them up and stash them in a drawer.

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Whenever we have a birthday party to attend, I will pull one out and use it as wrapping paper, and then let the kids decorate it. It’s pretty easy – you just cut the bottom off the bag, cut off the handles, and cut a straight line to turn it into one long piece of paper.  Then you wrap it as you would any gift. If the gift is too large, you can piece together a longer length of paper by using two bags.

recycle brown bags as wrapping paper that kids can decorate themselves

Once it’s wrapped you can let the kids decorate it however they want. It also alleviates the need for a gift tag, since you can write on the paper. I find it hard enough keeping track of birthday gifts we need to purchase, so I like having a method that helps me avoid having to buy gift bags, cards, or wrapping paper as well. I also keep a stash of ribbons from the gifts the kids receive, and tie it onto the package to dress it up a bit.

recycle brown bags as wrapping paper that kids can decorate themselves

Do you have any creative uses for recycling grocery bags?


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