Creative DIY gift wrapping ideas using reusable items like dishtowels, scarves and napkins instead of wasteful wrapping paper.
It’s Christmas morning, and the carnage from gift opening is everywhere. Ripped gift wrap strewn about the room, boxes underfoot, beautiful ribbons carelessly discarded. The parents quietly begin gathering it all up, not wanting to break the Christmas spell, while the kids continue playing with their brand new toys.
Could this be your house? It’s definitely ours! You’d think a tornado had ripped through, for all the mess.
The eco-fairy in me makes sure that everything that can be reused is saved and all the recycling makes it to the proper bin. But maybe there’s a way to avoid such a crazy mess in the first place…
Reusable DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas
Here’s a smart solution: Instead of traditional wrapping paper, wrap your gifts in reusable items like dishtowels, scarves, snack bags, and even socks! By wrapping gifts in reusable cloth you not only eliminate waste from paper gift wrap, but the wrap is actually part of the gift!
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This is one of my favorite ways to wrap – because who couldn’t use a new dishtowel? And there are so many cute ones to choose from! Buy something special at a craft show (like the sweet tomato one above), choose from all the lovely screen printed towels from Etsy or pick up something inexpensive (but still stylish) at IKEA or Target.
The centuries old wrapping technique from Japan called furoshiki is the perfect solution for wrapping with large pieces of cloth like a scarf. You don’t need to spend big bucks on a scarf either – I have found beautiful scarves at thrift stores at very reasonable prices!
This one’s great for kids or anyone who might need a snack bag for when they are on-the-go. I’ve used reusable snack bags as a sneaky way to package gift cards as well as other smaller gifts.
A pretty napkin is another fun way to package a gift – and an extra napkin will always come in handy! I used another furoshiki technique to wrap the gift above.
This may seem far-fetched – but how about a pair of socks? In the photo above, I packaged up a couple bottles of my homemade kombucha in a pair of organic cotton socks!
So this year, why not avoid the wrapping paper tornado and wrap in reusable gifts instead!
What creative gift wrapping ideas to you have? Please share in the comments below!
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