Instead of buying Christmas tags this year, why not make your own? You can use old Christmas cards, Goupie boxes or card packaging from festive food and wrapping. All you need is some scissors and some old ribbon/string - it's really as simple as that!
Find instructions on how to make your own here.
Another great way to reuse old packaging is to make your own Christmas decorations from it! This can be a fun activity to do with kids and is a great way to make use of pretty Christmas packaging.
Again, we've come up with a few ideas on how to make your own hanging Christmas decorations or free-standing trees, but there are plenty of other ideas available online. Follow our Pinterest board to see a fuller collection!
Wrapping paper rolls and toilet rolls make a great inner structure for your own home-made Christmas crackers. What's even better is you can put whatever treat you want in them, saving you from plastic tat! You can also use awkward offcuts of your wrapping paper, or even old newspaper/magazines to make your Christmas crackers!
Find instructions of how to make your own here.
Nothing shows your love quite like a hand-made Christmas present and there's nothing stopping you from making 'waste' into something beautiful! Whether it be candles made from old jars and tins, or homemade cookies packaged in old tin boxes and baskets, there's always a new way to look at what you're throwing away!