As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.
Biodegradable Wax Paper Bags
Similar to glassine bags, these handcrafted wax paper bags have a rustic feel. For $3.35, pick up a set of 20 biodegradable bags for your swap. (Editor’s Note: If you’re in Brooklyn, check out our upcoming Food and Kitchen Swap. Tickets are available here.) Visit Etsy.com/shop/leboxboutique.
Canning Jar Labels
If you’re making a big batch of your mother’s famous pasta sauce, get a set of labels to prettify those jars. Made of archival and water-resistant paper, these self-adhesive labels ($16.50) are perfect for a food swap or just to make your pantry look pretty. Visit Etsy.com/shop/TwineDecor to pick up your set.
Vintage Mason Jar
This vintage mason jar is ideal for whipping up some sun tea to share with your neighbors. Available for only $10, it can hold a pint of your favorite floral tea. Visit Krrb.com/Rustbelttreasures to grab this adorable jar.
Pie Box Kits
Don’t use your Tuperware to distribute your homemade Key Lime Pie. Pick up a set ($25) of pie-shaped boxes, complete with wooden forks, lining paper and baker’s twine. Visit Etsy.com/shop/petitmoulin for this fun gift.
Muslin Party Bags
Made of heavy unbleached cotton, these eco-friendly favor bags can be personalized with design or text. We think they are nice for swapping your homegrown rosemary or chives. Get your bags ($2 a piece) at Blueribbongeneralstore.net.
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