Each year in the U.S., the trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons, according to RecycleWorks. Conservation is not our #1 priority around the holidays, but saving money should be! With that being said, instead of spending this holiday season, how about creating and saving? DIY (Do It Yourself) is a new, popular trend – and rightfully so! DIY gifting saves you money, and is also much more personalized and thoughtful. I suggest that you put your time and creativity to good use and consider some of these DIY ideas this holiday season!
Old Family Photographs
Family photographs always make memorable — and inexpensive — gifts. Search your closets and attic for an old photo that has long since been forgotten. It will brighten a loved one’s day not just when you give it to them, but every day throughout the year.Blow it up, frame it, collage it, etc. Or, if there’s more than one picture that you want to share with your loved one(s), consider creating a calendar with a different picture for every month. I do this every year for my mother and she LOVES it!
Free Wrapping paper
Consider using alternative (and free) material to wrap your gifts this year. You can use newspaper, Sunday comics, or even brown paper bags. You can use your stencils, stamps, twine, or bows to add some color the plain wrapping like so:
Christmas Tree – Go Big!
Consider buying the biggest tree you can find for the best price. You can cut down the trunk and make wreaths, roping and other holiday decorations with unwanted branches. Each year, my family uses the extra branches to line the hand rail of our stairs, and then wrap white Christmas lights around them – it’s both resourceful and decorative!
To find more DIY ideas, visit Pinterest.com!
Jaslyn Scribner, Vice President of Unbanking