Eco-friendly gift wrap ideas?

I recently learned that any gift wrap that is shiny or has decorative foil on it isn’t recyclable! So I’m looking for some creative materials I can use to wrap gifts and reduce waste this year. Newspaper is always a classic, but can be a little dirty. Any ideas? 💡

  • Ivy
    Nov 30

    I use kraft paper every year! That, or a giant blank roll. I add personal touches to it, like pine trimmings, leaves, branches, whatever I can get from nature! I also have started writing on the paper too, before I wrap the gift. I write in large print, some song lyrics, a short phrase, or the person’s name

  • Jade
    Nov 30

    Love that idea! Especially writing on it. That never occured to me! Thanks so much.

  • Julie
    Nov 30

    This is so sad!! I had no idea wrapping paper wasn’t recyclable! Thank you for letting me know....i have no idea what I’ll be using now, but will likely spend a small fortune on some sort of recyclable paper that my local tree hugger store will inevitably be selling! Lol.

  • Christina
    Nov 30

    Julie only shiny wrapping paper. If you buy the basic ones they are fine. We will use craft paper and let 3 yo decorate.

  • Ivy
    Nov 30

    I forgot another favorite design— drawing plaid patterns. I used to be anal about it and use a ruler, but now I free-hand my lines for a more rustic feel. I also have stamps that I have used to make cards. I’m thinking of using those for the wrapping paper too now!

  • Joanna
    Nov 30

    We reuse gift bags well past their prime. I might get one of those giant canvas Santa bags this year as well to use for the foreseeable future.

  • Angel
    Dec 01

    I like to wrap in fat quarter chunks of fabric. Many of my friends sew, so I wrap their gifts this way... We also use kraft paper, or recycle newspaper and add bags we make.

  • Carla
    Dec 02

    We have actually used newspaper/ comics to gift wrap. We topped it off with a red bow and it looked pretty cool.