Since there are less than a couple of weeks left to get all of our Christmas shopping done, I’ve been thinking a lot about wastefulness. We are entering a season of excess. One that I love but also one that I am determined to make a little less wasteful this year.

It is estimated that one million tons of additional waste is generated during the holidays in the state of California alone. Among this exorbitant amount of waste, lay piles and piles of gift wrap, ribbons, and bows that we use to prettify our gift giving to the ones we love.

wrapping-paper-last Turns out, all those sparkly, festive, decorative additions are not recyclable.

So in addition to doing my Christmas cards paperless I tried making my own recyclable (and reusable) wrapping paper. I started with this wrapping paper DIY that’s so easy, you will want to make your own wrapping paper for your gift giving year round.
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Gold Sharpies
Roll of craft paper (3M and Scotch are both 100% post consumer content and can be recycled)
Scissors
Wrapping Paper DIY 1. Cut out as much paper as you will need to wrap your gift.
2. Think of something personal you’d like to write, like “I Love You” or “Happy Holidays.” We went with BFF.
3. In your best cursive writing, repeat your phrase again and again, until it covers your entire piece of wrapping paper.

Then wrap up your gift (and don’t forget some fun washi tape to add a little color).
Wrapping Paper DIY
Wrapping Paper DIY
Wrapping Paper DIY
How are you lessening your carbon footprint this holiday season? Share with us in the comments below or get at usĀ on Instagram @lilouinla. OR if you haven’t really thought about it until now and want to take action, it’s never too late. Check out some tips via CalRecycle.

Happy Holidays!