Eco-Friendly and Inexpensive Gift Wrap Ideas

Written by: Shin Kitane/Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 10:46 AM

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In an effort to reduce waste and become more socially-conscious consumers, more and more people are finding new ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle everyday objects that will otherwise end up in the world's oceans and landfills. This holiday season, we encourage everyone to find more creative and earth-friendly ways to package our gifts to one another. We came up with a list of gift wrap alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper and gift bags. You'll be surprised at how pretty these alternative solutions are--and at how much money you'll get to save from not buying expensive wrappers and bags! 

 

Craft Paper / Wax Paper and Pine Twigs

 

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These are so easy to source, yet the final outcome still looks very festive! You can use craft paper, wax paper, or any piece of paper you'd like to repurpose, such as a paper bag from your last grocery run. Tie a pine twig or a holly leaf with a piece of string, and you're done!

 

Glass Jars, Bottles, or Pretty Tins

 

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If you're going the handmade gift route, you can use a variety of containers to package your gift! You can use mason jars, pretty tin cans, or glass containers to hold your freshly-made creations.

 

Old Maps, Music Sheets, Newspapers, and Other Printed Papers

 

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Your imagination is the limit with this giftwrap solution. If you have printed pieces of paper lying around your home (that aren't useful anymore), put them to good use by wrapping a gift or two in them. You can use magazine pages, maps, charts, graphing paper, etc. 

 

Furoshiki Using a Scarf or Handkerchief

 

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Practice your origami skills with this one! Furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry clothes, gifts, or other goods. If you'd like to try this, you can simply pick a nice handkerchief or scarf that your gift's recipient can also recycle afterwards. Click here for the tutorial on how to properly secure a package with furoshiki.

 

Shopping Bags

 

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Most stores have special packaging options during the holidays, so be sure to ask before you check out. You can also re-use paper bags (especially plain ones) to wrap new gifts, just add a ribbon and a gift tag for that extra holiday touch, and you're good to go.

 

Cloth Scraps or an Old T-Shirt

 

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You can use scraps of cloth from previous craft projects and some hot glue to wrap a gift or you can make a no-sew tote bag out of an old t-shirt! Check out the tutorial for the tote bag here.

 

Actual Leaves and Flowers

 

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And lastly, if you're really committed to the cause--you can use actual leaves! This may sound a little hardcore, but can be really fun especially if you have a garden where you can "shop" for materials! Use some green artist's tape to stick the leaves together to wrap your present, and congratulations, you just made a 100% biodegradable gift wrap that mother earth will be happy about. Check out what this crafty blogger did for some inspo.

 

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About Shin Kitane
Shin Kitane is the Editor-in-Chief of LifestyleNetwork.TV. She is also a gender equality advocate and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Creative Writing. For what it’s worth, she also claims to be capable of reciting lines from Mean Girls by heart.
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