Holiday gifts are from the heart. They don’t have to be expensive, store bought, or damaging to
mother earth. Creating eco friendly gift wrap is easy, fun and contributes to a more sustainable
living Holiday celebration.
Gift Wrapping Supplies
Collect a cache of eco friendly gift wrapping supplies for decorating cookie gift bags.
●Paper kraft bags in various sizes
●Raffia or Hemp twine
●Recycled card stock
●Tissue paper or fabric remnants
●Wax paper or reusable plastic ziploc bags
●Hole punch and scissors.
Its easy to create personalized and themed gift bags that match the gift recipient and the type of
gift placed in the bag.
Make Paper Gift Bags: Christmas Gingerbread Men
Instead of a store-bought gingerbread man stamp, consider making extra cookies (or better yet,
cookies out of salt dough) to use as stamps.
1.Make a batch of the best gingerbread men and women cookies to give as home made
2.Use pine green, bright red, and gold acrylic paints. Acrylic paints are water-based and
usually non-toxic, but always check the label.
3.Pour some paint onto small plastic dishes. Paper plates and styrofoam meat trays also
4.Either dip stamps in paint or brush paint onto stamps with a paintbrush.
5.Decorate gift bag on one side with red, green, and gold gingerbread men.
6.Let dry, then decorate the other side.
7.Place cookies in a ziploc bag. Or, instead of plastic, consider wrapping cookies in wax
8.Place wrapped cookies in decorated gift bag. Cover with tissue paper or green and red
9.Tie the handles with a big raffia bow.
10.For a nice touch, tie a gingerbread man cookie cutter to the handles with more raffia.
11.Attach gift tag (see below).
Make Paper Gift Bags: Hanuka Cookies
Start with Hanuka themed cookie cutters, such as dreidel, six point star, and menorah or candle
1.Make a batch of favorite cookies to bring to friends during Hanuka.
2.Use either store bought Hanuka stamps, or make a few salt dough cookies to use as
3.Pour royal blue and white acrylic paints onto paint trays.
4.Dip stamps in paint or paint them with paintbrushes.
5.Decorate one side of bag with blue and white Hanuka shapes.
6.When dry, take silver paint and paint the Hebrew letters (shin, nun, gimel or hay) on
the dreidel shapes.
7.When dry, repeat steps 3 to 6 on the other side.
8.Place cookies in a ziploc bag. Or, instead of plastic, consider wrapping cookies in wax paper.
9.Place wrapped cookies in decorated gift bag. Cover with tissue paper or blue fabric
10.Tie the handles with a big raffia bow.
11.For a nice touch, tie a Hanuka cookie cutter to the handles with more raffia.
12.Attach gift tag (see below).
Make Gift Tags
1.Cut gift tags out of recycled card stock.
2.Using colorful markers, crayons, or paints, write “To: Name” and “From: Name” on
3.Add any other message if desired.
4.Punch hole in corner of gift tag.
5.Tie to bag with raffia.