Hi friends, Today I'm pleased to welcome guest blogger Cheryl Fernandes to The Craft Blog. Cheryl is a mom and crafter who was looking for ways to make this Christmas a little "greener" – and to get her kids involved, too. Take it away, Cheryl! This Christmas, I thought it would be fun for my kids (Alex, age 6, and Kate, age 4) and I to wrap gifts with “reusing” and “recycling” in mind. My goal was to use as many household materials that we could think of, and avoid having to use commercial wrapping paper, ribbons and gift tags. Of course, we wanted the gifts to look nice too! To accomplish this goal, we saved sturdy containers (hot chocolate tins, tea tins, frosting containers), wooden clementine boxes and any other items we came across we thought might work. [caption id="attachment_2998" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Wooden crates for clementines make handy gift boxes."] [/caption] The tins made great containers for small gifts, including homemade treats, cookies and gift cards. We wrapped the containers with felt and glued on little cut-outs. My son, Alex, decorated his tin (a gift for his hockey-loving uncle) with a felt hockey stick he drew and cut out himself. We used the clementine boxes, and large cracker boxes from Costco in place of regular gift boxes. [caption id="attachment_3000" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A few simple materials translate into lots of great-looking gifts."] [/caption] For gifts that required wrapping, we used plain brown paper and decorated them with more felt cut-outs – we really enjoyed making these! Leftover yarn was used in place of ribbon. And for gift tags, I simply cut out rectangles of brown paper and we had fun drawing little Christmas-themed pictures. [caption id="attachment_2999" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Simple felt cut-outs make seasonal adornments."] [/caption] I think the gifts ended up looking great, it brought out the creativity in all of us, and the only materials we needed to buy were a couple of rolls of brown kraft paper ($1 each!) and a few pieces of felt. Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us, Cheryl!