CHRISTMAS IS A WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR, AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE LOOK FORWARD TO WRAPPING PRESENTS FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AND COMING UP WITH THE BEST WRAPPING IDEAS. BUT HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CHRISTMAS AND AFTER ALL THE PRESENTS HAVE BEEN UNWRAPPED AND ENJOYED? MOST OF THE WRAPPING AND PACKAGING GOES TO THE LANDFILL — SAD, I KNOW. A SOLUTION? ECO-FRIENDLY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS!
In this blog you will find 5 eco friendly gift wrapping ideas for Christmas 2020 that will make your presents look amazing, give them that unique vibe, and save the planet in a small way all at once! Are you ready to make this Christmas the cutest and most eco friendly Christmas yet? Me too! Let’s go!
Wrap Your Gift with Repurposed Fabric
Are you the kind of person who keeps old shirts with crazy prints but never wears them? I am too. One of the best ways to put these to use is wrapping the perfect gift for your loved one with them! Yes, maybe they don’t have cute little Santas on them, and maybe they don’t even fit within the “Christmas color palette”, but they will look absolutely adorable, and your loved one will be thrilled you used something so unique. Trust me!
Simply measure out the gift and allow around 3 – 4 extra inches of fabric once fully wrapped, and also cut another strip of the same fabric to serve as your ribbon (stretch the strip once cut to soften its edges and give it a cute rolled look). The extra fabric will allow you to either fold the fabric just like wrapping paper and then tie it with the strip in the style of a classic crossed ribbon bow, or it will allow you to bunch it up like a little parcel and tie it off at the top with the strip.
Give Paper A Try
One of my favorite paper wrapping ideas of all time is using the comics pages from the Sunday newspapers. I collect them especially for all my occasions, and people love them! You can use any pages you’d like, and you can curate them for the receiver of the gift too (example: sports pages for the sporty uncle in the family, etc).
A nice way to really give the newspaper wrapping an edge is dyeing it! Simply put some food coloring into a spray bottle, you can use as many colors as you’d like, and go to town creating any designs you want! Then, simply leave it in the sun or on a protected countertop to dry and you have yourself some one-of-a-kind gift wrapping paper!
Another of my favorites when repurposing paper is to use the pages from old dictionaries or books that I no longer want to read or I find in giveaway bins on my walks through the city. Depending on the size of the pages, you may need to get a little creative when wrapping the gift itself, but I usually use pages from books for the smaller gifts like jewellery or delicate pieces. I go as far as choosing a page with a nice line and making it the centrepiece of the wrapping by highlighting it.
If you’re feeling super adventurous and crafty, you can even create a gift ball or box out of paper mache to give the receiver a fun little opening experience. Just make sure not to make it too thick because paper mache can be quite hard to pry open if you’re not careful!
Ribbon, Twine, or Yarn are Super Unique
If you’re wrapping something a little more pliable such as clothing or soft toys, etc., then you can give wrapping with ribbon or twine. It takes quite a bit of material to wrap the gift depending on its size, but it puts your extra material to good use and gives it a new home. Plus, who wouldn’t love unwrapping a present by unravelling a single piece of yarn?! Super unique and super fun to unwrap.
If you like the rustic look, twine is probably your best option. You can also easily decorate it with little sprigs of a pine tree, little bits of holly, berries, little ornaments, and so much more — so this one has a lot of creative potentials and you can definitely have some fun with it.
Gifting Clothes? Use a Piece to Wrap!
If you’re gifting clothing, one of the best and most eco-friendly ways to go is by choosing a piece of clothing from the bunch and using that as your wrapping paper. There are ways to “dress it up”, such as by making it into a sort of little gift satchel, tying it up with a piece of ribbon, adding some little ornamental pieces, and voila! The best part? They’ll get to use the wrapping for years to come, and put it to good use!
If you’re gifting small clothing items such as socks or delicates, look up some folding tutorials and fold that way, then go the same route with the decoration and you’ll have yourself a cute little bunch of adorable little presents with zero waste!
A Useable Vessel Always Does the Trick
My last great suggestion is finding a nice vessel or container — I usually go for something like a flower vase, a statement pot, or even a nice mug or glass, and I use that as a perfect “gift wrapping”.
I will say, however, that your vessel and the rest of the gift kind of have to coordinate somehow, so it definitely limits your gift options. However, I know you’re super creative, so getting together the perfect little vessel / present combination won’t be too hard. If anything, go for a mug + hot chocolate making kit and call it a day. Eco friendly, quick, easy, and always well received.
For now, these are the best, most original eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas I have. However, if I come across something I know you’ll love, I’ll make sure to add it. Before I go, just remember these two things: 1) saving the planet in your own little ways makes a huge difference, and your efforts this Christmas do not go unnoticed; and 2) what really matters is the intention and the love you put into these projects, so don’t let it stress you out! Have an amazing gift wrapping experience and let me know how these went for you!