Holiday Stress Buster: Paper Crafts

Tis the season to be jolly, not be broke!
Here is a simple list of paper crafts you can do to de-stress, save a few dollars, and be green. As you can see from the photo below, I took a poster (actually 2 posters) to make bows and an envelope. If you have an old magazine lying around, check out the tutorials below to see how you can re-fashion it to something new. This is also an excellent craft to do with kids and teens. Also, check out the books below for other eco-friendly and simple crafts to do for the holidays and year-round.

Before and After

D.I.Y. Bows: Here is a video tutorial from a personal favorite craft blog, Whip Up. For the non-visual learner or for slower internet speeds, check out this tutorial.

D.I.Y. Envelopes: All of the tutorials I came across require an already made envelope to use as a template. This tutorial can work with any size of envelope you wish to make, even the large 8 1/2 x 11 ones! 

Gift Wrap: You can get creative using brightly designed magazine pages or newsprint. Other ideas include using children's art (on construction or butcher paper). Check out this tutorial on how to use organic materials to stamp your own gift wrap.

A Greener Christmas Handmade Home Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts Simply Green Giving

A Greener Christmas edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith is a compilation of crafts, recipes, and how-to instructions for an eco-friendly holiday season and is filled with illustrations.

Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule is an illustrated craft book for re-fashioning simple household accessories into cute homemade decorations as well as useful items.

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts

Simply Green Giving by Danny Seo contains 50 projects to make "handmade treasures" from everyday materials.