Birthday Bright and Eco Right!

 

Birthday Basket for Dave

Today is all about using what you have. We’re having a birthday soon at our house and we’re keeping it simple. This year, due to the move, a lot of items that I kept on had for wrapping were recycled or given away. I managed to pull some things together to brighten packages and use up every day items. Wrapping was quick and easy with smoothed out tissue of varying colors and decorated with a swatch of bulky yarn and a decorative cardboard top that said Happy Birthday which survived the move.










For cards, the dogs and I made one together – with a hodge podge of stickers, paint, small left over stock paper glued together and of course yarn and a tiny dog bone to tie it all together. Brown being the predominant color – the dog’s favorite of course!

all the dogs favorite things + smooches for Dave

and a messy paw print for authenticity!

punch hole/yarn and doggie biscuit keep it all together


This year I decided to collect some funny quotes about aging that fits Dave’s personality and sense of humor. This one was made with computer birthday paper that I’ve had for awhile. You can also use plain paper and decorate it with whatever computer programs you have.







Next, I collected all the items and put a nice scarf in the bottom of a basket that was part of a craft show exhibit, added a remnant bow and there you have it!


Fun, easy and inexpensive to pull together. Birthday wrapping sessions are a great way to practice reusing very usable items, saving your money, and still have a great looking package. Include friends and family. Pool your resources and have more choices – swap ideas and enjoy the community of creativity. Teach your children about reusing and recycling and you can share it together. Some very ordinary things look extraordinary with a little color, embellishment, and a dash of glee – so give it a try…you’ll be plesantly surprised.

Enjoy you new adventures in recycling, re-using, and making some fabulous fun!

Marg (considering new gleeful adventures!)

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