Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Upcycled Gift Bags

In order to justify all the time that I've been spending on Pinterest lately, I am making a concerted effort to take action on some of my pins.  That means creating the projects, practicing the lettering, trying out the tangles, and making the recipes.  You might remember that I recently created a tiered organizer based on one of my pins.

Yesterday, I made upcycled gift bags out of food boxes that were headed to the recycle bin.
All you have to do is select your box, punch two holes at the top of each side, and tie on a ribbon.  Add some tissue paper and gift, and you have a unique, upcycled gift bag.
So, my question to you is this:  If you received a hostess, birthday, or Christmas gift in one of these bags, would you think, "Wow, what a clever idea, and so kind to our environment!"  Or, would you think, "Wow, why is this lady unloading her recycle bin on me with this trash?"
I could see opinions going either way, and would love to know what you think!
My little girls thought they were a great idea, and wanted one right away.  I told them they would have to wait for their birthdays or Christmas!  

My five-year-old asked a very good question:  "Are you going to leave them like that, or decorate the sides?"  That gave me the idea that the boxes could be embellished with decorative paper, paints, and other collage elements.  I suspect that if I did that, though, it would just look like a food box that I glued a bunch of paper to!  I think some of the charm is in the original packaging.

17 comments:

Sue said...

I would think it would be fun if it was filled with some type of a food item as the gift in the container.

Textile Recycler said...

Genius! I agree with not decorating them. It may just take away the charm of what they are.... you are SO smart :)

Patty Antle said...

It's a great idea, Andria. I would probably decorate the sides because I can't leave well enough alone - but that's me. It's funny as I am just today cutting up cereal boxes for projects I am working on. Cereal boxes rock!

linda said...

these are cool, especially the kids cereal boxes! So colorful and fun.
You could always add gltter!

linda said...

another thing...I love gift baskets, making them, giving them getting them, but like everyone else, I have TOO MANY baskets! I love the idea of using a pasta box fpr an Italian themed gift, olive oil, jars of pesto and peppers, fancy pasta from the gourmet section, maybe a Dean Martin CD--and I wouldn't feel bad abour dumping the box in the recycle bin safter.

Connie Rose said...

These would be great for Hallowe'en trick or treating, too!

Beansieleigh said...

Great idea!! Now WHY didn't I think of THAT?! I always save them, but I cut them down for mini albums, tags, etc., etc... I'm gonna have to start leaving some in tact now! ~tina

Beansieleigh said...

"intact"... I'm a HORRIBLE typist!

Anne said...

Wow! This is a fabulous idea! I would be delighted to receive a gift in one of these -- especially the Vanilla Almond Granola box that looks so feminine and romantic. I may have to start grocering based on the box instead of the contents!

PamelaArtsinSF said...

I think they are a good idea -- better than buying bags and having them get tossed into the landfill. Yours are fun.

Janet said...

What a cute idea! I can always count on you to come up with some interesting projects.

donna!ee said...

love love love it....I've done it with the blue reusable bags from walmart and it has been very well received. ;D

aimee said...

that's perfect!! never thought to do it. I'd collage the heck out of it -- chipboard is the perfect surface!

Patricia said...

What a fabulous idea!! Me? I would decorate it like crazy...add some gesso then paint it with a credit card in acrylics...but that's just me! :) I am definitely going to save our cereal boxes from now on!

April Cole said...

"WOW!"
These are *awesome* Andria... LOVE THIS IDEA! :]
Thank you for sharing ~xx

Parabolic Muse said...

Andria, I love this idea, and I'm doing it. What genius! I would definitely throw tissue paper and letter stickies on the sides, if I was in a hurry, or even gesso and then paint over them. The layers and yumminess may make the receiver save them to use for their own gift giving!

Gift Boxes and Bags said...

I like this gift bags. All the gift bags has good design and good collec tion.