by Texas Homesteader ~
Come see 9 different zero-waste gift wrapping methods I use. It’s easy, inexpensive, saves time & doesn’t compromise the festive look beneath our tree. Wrap gifts beautifully in seconds!
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Realization Of A Holiday Filled With Trash
On a Christmas morning long, long ago I sat in our living-room floor with a steaming cup of coffee in my hands. My heart was full as I listened to the excited chatter of our children as they opened their gifts.
But soon after that gift-opening frenzy I stared with dismay at the mountains of trash that was left behind.
As I loaded up multiple mammoth trash bags with all that trash I thought there just HAD to be a better way!.
Then in less than a minute those beautiful paper wrappings were turned into landfill-based trash. There just had to be a less trashy way to adorn my gifts without contributing to an already-bulging landfill problem.
Check out our eco-friendly and reusable gift wrapping options below:
Reusable Yet Festive Gift Wrap Beneath The Tree
My reusable giftwrap still gives me the pretty and festive look under the tree that I crave. But my heart is happy since unlike that Christmas so long ago there’s no trash being hauled to the curb.
Reusable Fabric Gift Bags
Reusable fabric bags are a great zero-waste gift wrapping option. You don’t have to know how to sew, you can * Buy Reusable Bags. The cost will still be less than buying wrapping paper year after year.
And I’ve learned to repurpose old denim by quick-sewing the cutest little denim baskets to hold many of our gifts.
Wrapping Gifts Beautifully In Reusable Cloth
Colorful bandannas are great for wrapping those small or odd-shaped gifts. I simply fold the bandana around the gift and tie it with festive ribbon.
Plus they’re so versatile and inexpensive it’s easy to have many different colors to adorn the gifts under your tree for a fun splash of holiday color.
Fold, Tuck & Tie ‘Furoshiki‘ Wrapping
If you don’t want ribbons or bows at all there’s an even easier way to wrap using cloth.
You can wrap a gift in less than a minute using NO scissors, ribbons or bows using the Japanese art of Furoshiki Cloth Wrapping.
Check out how easy it is with this short cloth-wrapping video:
This method of wrapping doesn’t involve cutting, tape ribbons or bows. Your gift is wrapped in cloth, folded & tucked and then tied.
The ‘bow’ is simply the ends of the fabric where you tied it closed that’s been flared out decoratively.
There are lots of different ways of wrapping furoshiki style, just have fun!
Wrap Gifts In Holiday-Colored Napkins
For gift recipients living in your home you can temporarily repurpose red or green cloth napkins to wrap gifts for a truly zero-waste giftwrap.
That’s how we wrap RancherMan’s & my gifts here at the Homestead.
When gift unwrapping is done I simply gather the napkins and toss them in the laundry.
Once the napkins are freshened up they go back in my cloth napkin basket. No waste!
Twice The Gift – Homemade Goodies In Reusable Containers
Below are some of the food gifts we’ve given in reusable things that are actually part of the gift.
Sometimes we gift several jars of home-canned goods in fun colorful chunky shelf storage baskets. (Even the shredded paper filler was made from feed sacks for our low-waste gift baskets.)
Wrap Gifts With Other Cloth Gift Items
Like the food gifts above, you can wrap your gift in cloth that’s an extension of the actual gift.
Wrap kitchen gifts in new tea towels or kitchen dishcloths.
Use colorful scarves to wrap a wardrobe-type gift.
Bath gifts can be wrapped in pretty hand towels.
Homemade soap can be wrapped in a new washcloth.
You get the idea.
Oversized ‘Santa Sacks’
For larger gifts we’ve used *Santa Sacks for our grandchildren’s gifts.
The grandkids know to return these huge wrapping bags when they’ve opened their gifts.
How Do You Wrap Large Gifts?
For really large gifts I have a Christmas-themed fleece-backed tablecloth. When it’s not needed for a large gift I use it to cover the storage box that our Christmas decorations were stored in to decorate as a huge gift.
It gives me another surface to stack gifts on and keeps the Christmas package theme.
Repurposed Brown Paper Gift Wrap
And of course there’s the old standby of wrappings from Christmases of days gone by.
C’mon now, sing it with me:
“Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!”
Since we always have a blazing fire going on Christmas morning, a few of the smaller gifts that RancherMan & I place in each others stockings are wrapped in plain brown paper and tied with white cotton string.
That “wrapping paper” comes from the unprinted middle layers of our cattle cube feed bags and the white cotton string comes from these bags as well. So no additional product had to be produced nor purchased.
They look great, and after the gift is opened both the paper and string can be used for heating fuel in our wood-burning fireplace right then, right there!
Repurposed Christmas Card Into Small Gift Box
After the holidays what do you do with those beautiful Christmas cards? Save them!
You can easily fashion an adorable small gift box from last year’s beautiful Christmas cards in only about a couple of minutes!
These small boxes are perfect for homemade soaps, cute bracelets, and various small gifts.
You can see the simple tutorial for making your own Christmas-Card Gift Box Here.
What about you? What are your favorite ways to reduce the mountains of trash on Christmas morn?
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