It’s holiday time and I was asked to do a new challenge of creating Eco-friendly gift wrap ideas. I was so excited to have this green challenge, and my mind started spinning with all kinds of possibilities!
What are the eco-friendly materials for packing and wrapping gifts?
What can I use instead of wrapping gifts?
If these are some of your questions I have 13 ideas for you. Basically, you can recycle something that is already going in the trash like newspapers, calendars, etc. You can also wrap things in another useful item that would be used in someone’s home like a towel, or blanket. I also love things like old popcorn containers, reusable bags individuals can use for groceries or other items.
Let’s get started on our Inexpensive and Easy Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas
Towel Gift Wrap –
For this gift, I have a hot pad filled with rubber scrapers, and some dish and hand towels.
I opened up the hand towel and I placed my hot pad with the rubber scrapers facing down and on the backside of where the print is on the towel. I folded the dish towels to go behind the hot pad.
I folded the towel over the hot pad and towels and tucked it underneath.
I then folded both sides of the hand towel.
I placed a white ribbon (than can also be reused again) on the towel and the present is ready.
Sock Gift Wrap –
I placed a packet of hot chocolate, a candy cane, and one of the new socks inside a mug. I took the other sock and pulled it around the mug so the mug would be inside.
I tied a ribbon around the sock with a little snowflake doily, and I folded the top part of the sock down.
Tinfoil Gift Wrap –
I wrapped a DVD in tinfoil, wrapped it in ribbon, and added some pine cone ornaments.
Recycled Jar –
I filled a recycled jar with nail polish, cotton balls, nail files, cutters, etc. On the outside of the jar, I hot glued on some burlap ribbon. I glued an ornament onto the ribbon and a mini pine cone ornament on the top of the jar.
Blanket Gift Wrap –
I placed a stuffed snowman in a recycled box, I then folded a baby blanket over the box and wrapped it with a ribbon. I added a bell ornament to the top.
Growing up a lot of us used to use newspapers and comics to wrap presents. I always loved that. This is a sports DVD wrapped with the sports section of the newspaper. To keep it simple I wrapped it with some twine.
Calendar Wrapping Paper –
This is one of the pages from my old calendar. I wrapped a box with it and added some ribbon.
Recycled Clothing for Wrapping –
My daughter’s leggings had a hole in them. I cut off the leg, turned it inside out and hot glued the bottom together. I flipped the legging right side out and slid in a wine bottle.
I tied some ribbon around the top and folded the legging down. I also added a necklace to it to dress it up a bit.
I used a lone mitten to hold a gift card.
I hang on to boxes like this one so I can use them again. I had a charm bracelet and I simply put it in this box instead of leaving it in its plastic sleeve.
These 2 bags are recycled as they originally had an electric blanket and sheets in them. I kept the bags and placed a new blanket in one, and a travel mug with hot chocolate in the other.
I slid them both in a reusable bag. No need for tissue paper and the reusable bag can be used for groceries and other things later.
This is a tin that I was given last year. I saved it and inside I used a scarf to wrap up some coasters.
So many possibilities and my mind is still coming up with more!
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