Gift Wrap Ideas: Recycled + Vintage


I’ve got a large stash of old hardware that we’ve pulled off various jobsites. There’s a box in the back of my car, one in my office and  a box in my hall closet. Sheesh! As the holidays approach, all that cool hardware got me to thinking – I’d love to recycle this stuff into a DIY gift wrap project. The beat up stuff is beautiful when you pair it with something glamorous, kind of “industrial chic”.

I poked through my collection and came up with really old hinges, keys, keyholes, and lots of bits and pieces, nuts and washers. It makes me happy to see these old pieces – some from the late 1800’s – enjoying their own Renaissance in my gift wrap.


I called Aya Sumika from Midori – who makes really stunning handmade gift wrap and gorgeous ribbons. Aya was gracious enough to bring some of her paper and ribbons to my friend Iggy’s house so we could properly show off all that hardware! I supplied the Bellini’s,  Iggy made Belgian waffles and we threw a vintage hardware-inspired gift wrapping party.


When it comes to the holidays I’m a sucker for a non-traditional color palate. The best way to set off all of this brass, aluminum, and porcelain hardware is a black, white and cream color scheme with some navy and gold accents.


We wrapped up a bunch of presents for friends.  Aren’t you curious what’s inside? I love the way the navy blue paper with the hot red lips on it reminds me of the Rolling Stones.


Actually the whole grouping went a little rock and roll, no? I think Iggy would agree…


This present is decorated with a beat up, older hinge from a cabinet. I threaded a polka dotted ribbon through the holes where the screws would go. It came out pretty chic.


I love the blue on and cream ribbon  on the black and cream paper. The little locking washers look graphic.


Most of the homes I work on are old – many are from the 1940’s or 1920’s. We often find some hardware that’s 80 or 90 years old in the home and for various reasons it cannot be reused in our projects. I have quite a collection of old keys. The ones below are pretty special, though.


Love these too.


Even a simple washer can make a unique statement on a present.  The herringbone ribbon in deep dark blue with a simple tag made out of wood from one of my jobsites would be a fantastic look for a guy’s present.


Something about the blue and white striped ribbon on this one is my all-time favorite. I love how the brass backplate looks against the cream and gold crocodile paper. The skinny faux leather string is the icing on the cake for me. If I came across this picture on Pinterest you better believe I’d have it pinned on my boards!


So beautiful, so simple.


Aya, Iggy and I had a great time with the paper and ribbon and I’m happy to report that no paper cuts were created in the wrapping of these presents.


I’m loving the recycled hardware theme this year for my holiday presents. All the papers from Midori are recycled cotton too. Total bonus…


You tell me. Would you try using old hardware or industrial materials to decorate your special holiday presents and hostess gifts this year? If you see something you like, share it on Pinterest this weekend at our special Holiday Pinterest pinning party and tell us about your holiday plans!

Comments (11)

  1. Rebecca Fernandez says:

    What an amazing inspiration! Love this post so much- can't wait to share!

  2. Jan says:

    Love these ideas!

  3. Trish says:

    Fantastic creativity. Loved your ideas!

  4. StephenT says:

    I don’t think there is anything more wasteful than gift wrapping, especially paying for expensive wrapping materials. This may sound harsh but I think it needs saying. You are quite creative though.

    • Laurie_March says:

      Stephen –

      I tend to agree. I save scraps of wrapping paper, ribbon, bags and boxes like a hoarder!

      I do love the recycled content in these papers. Everyone I gave these presents to saved the paper for another gift too!

  5. @stephen not to mention the additional waste it brings, this is the reason why reusable gift wraps had been quite famous these days. I think fabric gift bags are the best way to wrap a present if you really want to go eco friendly since they are reusable.

  6. Audrey_1 says:

    What a special idea! And really something that can help make your presents to your friends stand out! I'm pretty sure that I can go hunting in my husband's storage boxes in the garage for some of his discards and odds and ends that I can make use of to decorate my presents going forward.

  7. Audrey Greenwood says:

    What a good idea! And really something that can help make your presents to your friends stand out! I'm pretty sure that I can go hunting in my husband's storage boxes in the garage for some of his discards and odds and ends that I can make use of to decorate my presents going forward.

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