27 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap & Reusable Wrapping Paper Ideas
Giving or receiving a beautifully wrapped gift always brings a smile, doesn’t it? But now more than ever, people are wanting and looking for reusable wrapping paper and eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives. Ways we can still give beautiful presents, but with less of the waste and environmental impact. We want reusable, eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas so that we can still give beautiful gifts, but with a more of a clear conscience, too.
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So today, I’m sharing 25+ beautiful, reusable alternative gift wrapping ideas that you can try this holiday season, and throughout the year!
Some of these concepts lean a bit toward the Christmas season, but the concepts could be easily modified for birthdays, housewarming, hostess gifts and more.
27 Beautiful, Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives & Reusable Wrapping Paper Ideas:
1. Winter Scarf Gift Wrap | Heathered Nest
Warm their hearts, AND their necks with a lovely gift wrapped in a seasonal scarf! This post has a quick video tutorial that will show you exactly how to achieve this simple look.
2. DIY Gift Wrap from Old Magazines | Salvage Sister and Mister
3. Use a Basket | DIY Playbook
A tisket a tasket, how about using a basket?
4. Re-Usable Wrapping Paper with Bandanas | Heathered Nest
5. DIY Santa Bags | Kaleidoscope Living
Adorable. DIY personalized Santa sacks from my friend, Tasha.
6. Vintage Cookie Tins | DIY Network
Use old school cookie tins to wrap your gifts. It’s easier than wrapping, so not only is it eco-friendly, it is a time-saver, too!
7. Battery-Operated Re-Usable “Ribbon” | Heathered Nest
Here’s a bright idea! Light up their face as you hand over a gorgeous gift that actually glows! And then use those string lights to re-gift/re-wrap or string on your tree!
8. Mason Jar “Gift Wrap” Ideas | Polka Dot Chair
Melissa from Polka Dot Chair wrote a GREAT post on 15 awesome gift ideas that can be given in a mason jar. She wrote the post specifically for mother’s day gifts, but frankly, the ideas are awesome enough to use all year for almost any occasion. Here’s one of my favorites. And check out her post to see the rest!
9. Eco-Friendly Colorful Shopping Bag Gift Wrap | Design Morsels
Got some pretty-printed shopping bags? Great! Throw a gift in them! Easy and adorable.
10. Fabric Tassel Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap | Sum of their Stories
Scrap fabric turns tres’ chic ribbon embellishment.
11. Gift Bags Made from Old Envelopes | Sum of their Stories
Old shipping bags re-imagined in a lovely and useful way.
12. Spa Gift-Wrapped in a Jar | Classy Clutter
Grab the free printable, and you can give this fun “spa in a jar” gift this season to someone special! Great idea from Classy Clutter.
13. Newsprint | Cindy Hattersly
Cindy has a great post with 10 ideas for gift wrapping…each one uses newsprint! There are some really gorgeous variations there, so check it out if you have a lot of old newsprint sitting in your recycle bin!
14. Candy, Bulbs & Greens | Heathered Nest
Instead of using more paper for gift tags, write the names on the packaging, then embellish the gift with things like real greens, vintage light bulbs, or candy canes. Something they can eat, re-use (here’s a cool vintage bulb garland idea) or bio-degradable greens all make for beautiful wrapping techniques. Want some of that word find wrapping paper? Click that link for the free downloadable printable.
15. Reusable Grocery Tote Turned Gift Bag | Sadie Seasongoods
I love this upcycling idea from Sadie Seasongoods. Use a reusable grocery bag to pack your present in. A great way to pass along a “green” habit to a friend, and a charming way to package a gift.
16. Gift Wrap with Fabric Ribbon | Jessica Welling Interiors
17. Handmade Gift Wrap with Paint Chip Cards | The Country Chic Cottage
18. Homemade Christmas Gift Bags | Green Scheme TV
Barbara will show you how to make these DIY gift bags from scrap fabric. She makes them in different sizes to accommodate different gifts. Great idea that can be used for many holidays to come!
19. DIY Tree Bark Gift Tags | Sustain My Craft Habit
I love this au natural gift tag idea from Sustain My Craft Habit! Turn something from your yard into an organic tag! Wouldn’t magnolia leaves make a beautiful gift tag, too?
20. Upcycled Pringles Can | Red Ted Art
Great idea for Pringles households! Upcycle the old Pringles containers into a unique gift box! This one, from Red Ted Art with a cool Nutcracker theme.
21. Eco-Friendly Sewing Pattern Reusable Wrapping Paper | Sadie Seasongoods
Sewing pattern wrapping paper! Isn’t that such a great idea?! You can find vintage sewing patterns in lots of antique stores. What a creative way to reuse it, right?
22. Present in a Purse | Hello Little Home
Ginny is a genius. What woman on Earth wouldn’t love a gift in a handbag?! I mean, the purse is usually present enough, right? But this takes it to another level!
23. Paint Can Gift | Lil’ Luna
Paint cans are great to store things in after they’ve served their painting purpose. And now Lil Luna shares a genius idea for using a paint can for your presents! Love this creative concept…especially for the DIY’ers, crafters and tool lovers in your life!
24. Sheet Music Reusable Wrapping Paper | Paper Mash
Long after you’ve said, “thanks but no thanks” to more piano lessons (or maybe that was just me), you can still make beautiful music…just on a gift, not the piano. And the cost? Just a song.
25. Burlap Bag Gift Wrap | A Country Farmhouse
Not only does it give gifts such a fun, farmhouse-y flair, but burlap is also biodegradable to boot! A good way to wrap a gift that can be reused over and over (without having to worry about all the dents and dings traditional gift bags tend to accumulate when re-used.
26. Blueprint Gift Wrap | Rock Paper Scissors Shop
I love this idea! Dave is an engineer, so I’m definitely asking if I can nab some old drawings at some point to re-imagine as gift wrap! Architects, engineers, designers…don’t ditch those blueprints! Wrap em up!
27. Thrift store Shirt & Brooch Gift Wrap | Country Living
Last but not least, how’s this little flash of genius from Country Living Magazine? Give your gift a hug by wrapping some arms around it! The arms of a shirt, either new or thrifted. Another great concept where the wrapping is actually part of the gift. Coupled with a brooch, as seen below? Stick a pin in it, people, we’re done here.
Pin these reusable wrapping paper ideas for later! And if you use one of these ideas, leave a comment (or better yet, a photo) on the pin! That helps others know whether they want to try these green gift wrap projects, too!
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