Zero Waste Christmas Wrapping

November 20, 2017

 

 

The hangover of Christmas doesn't have to include a big pile of ripped and useless seasonal wrapping paper! It could leave you all with a sore head but a reusable shopping bag to cheer you up! Or a nice scarf, bandanna or shawl. Make the wrapping a gift in itself! 

 

Reusable shopping bags

These can be easily brought if your time or sewing skills are sparse. But if you want to make them yourself, check out this tutorial on making a bag out of an old pillowcase! There is also the bento bag pattern here. 

 

 

 

Furoshiki - Japanese Fabric Wrapping

Generally for this you just need a square of fabric that will fit your gift. There are a lot of different techniques to accommodate different shapes but you could make it easier for yourself by tucking everything into a small box or tin for a simple wrap! 

Check out this graphic as a starting point and pinterest for more!!! 

For fabric, I just use scraps from opshops with overlockered edges, but you could use bandannas, scarves or plain fabric with unfinished edges if you desire. 

 

 

 

Reused wrapping paper

Nothing says frugal like reused wrapping paper! But it isnt just better for your pocket - you are changing it from being single use, to reusable! You might as well get as much life out of each piece of reindeer wrapping as you can! 

 

Recycled brown paper

If you are going to buy anything to wrap gifts, recycled brown paper is a good option; it is the most sustainable way to buy 'new' and you can use it for various things after it is no longer wrapping, like to put your organics scraps in the green bin in! 

 

 

 

Second hand biscuit tins

If you cant be bothered wrapping at all, bang it in a tin!

 

Cloth Pouch

I have a few random cloth pouches around the house - turns out they are a great way to give a gift, just pop it in and pass it on. These also tend to be dotted around at opshops (often for $1). 

 

 

 


 

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