Gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of Christmas, right behind seeing friends and family open up the gifts themselves of course! Wrapping gifts is like creating a work of art, and I find it quite therapeutic, especially when I spend time outdoors gathering materials from my backyard to decorate the gifts with.
My least favorite part is seeing all the waste that often goes with gift wrapping disposal… so in this post, I’ll show you 5 simple, beautiful and eco-friendly gift-wrapping ideas that do NOT involve an over-stuffed trash bin full of unrecyclable paper and plastic waste!
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1. Kraft paper with twine and leaf (Scandi Style)
This Scandi style gift-wrapping is on-trend, minimalist and eco-friendly! Kraft paper is made of wood pulp with minimal processing and is both biodegradable and recyclable. Amazon has rolls of these versatile papers in both white and brown. Twine made of natural materials such as cotton, hemp or jute is also biodegradable or reusable, as are plant-based decorations such as leaves and flowers. I used cotton twine and lavender plant leaves in the picture above. Decorating with plants can be so artistic and stunning too. p.s. my Gingher scissors are the best for cutting ribbons and thread – super sharp, well made and beautiful too!!
2. Colored paper with re-usable ribbon and pretty flowers
For a more feminine version of the Scandi style, you can use white or pastel colored paper and decorate with a pretty reusable ribbon and top with pretty fresh or dried flowers. Make sure the paper is free of plastic coating, gold or silver foil, and glitter, all of which would make the paper not recyclable. I have an entire post with tips on gift-wrapping with flower and leaves!
White project paper rolls are versatile and suitable for gift wrapping, as are colored drawing papers. For ribbons, you can reuse ones that come with other packaging or even make your own from scrap fabric! I usually get mine from Joann’s and Amazon has a good variety also such as these pretty satin ribbons that come in multiple colors. For flowers, you can use hardy flowers such as carnations, or dried flowers such as lavender. See my post on how to harvest and dry lavender to grow and make your own supply of dried lavender!
3. reusable Christmas gift bag
Santa bags are so fun and can be reused many times! I got this cotton one from Target a few years back and love it! They especially work great with irregular shaped gifts that would be difficult to wrap with paper. Amazon also has a variety of cotton Santa bags that are super cute such as this 4-piece set. These Santa bags would work great for your own kids and you can embellish the bags with different designs each year.
4. reusable straw or burlap Tote bag that also doubles as a second gift!
Who wouldn’t love a reusable bag to carry things around throughout the year? This example of a jute/burlap bag decorated with a pretty blue ribbon would make a beautiful Christmas gift bag! Amazon has a very similar jute/burlap version that comes in a pack of six.
5. Wrap your gift with fabric, Japanese-style!
The Japanese have perfected the art of gift-wrapping with fabric (but clearly I haven’t!) – here’s a video demo of several different ways to wrap gifts with fabric (the technique is called Furoshiki). The fabric can be reused of course, or you can use a scarf that can also double as a second gift! I used a drapey piece of scrap cloth in the photo above, but you can also find pretty Japanese gift wrapping fabric on Amazon if you’d like.
I hope this has been useful! I also have a separate post with more detailed information on eco-friendly gift wrapping if you’re interested!
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!