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May 6, 2010

Recycled Gift Wrapping: How to add some ‘ECO-LUXE’ to your next gift giving celebration!

Recycled Gift Wrapping: How to add some ‘ECO-LUXE’ to your next gift giving celebration!

Our Planet Matters: 5 Ways of Recycling Gift Wrapping

Have you ever been caught out without sticky tape or wrapping paper? Have you cringed at the wrapping paper ripped off and tossed in the bin after one use at Christmas? Last Christmas we shredded our chrissy paper and added it to the veggie garden as colourful and festive mulch. We also use kids paintings as wrapping – always unique, and always plenty of it!

This year, I’ve decided to make fabric christmas stockings, to have a fun ‘me time’ activity, a creative activity, and to revitalise this eco-friendly tradition for our boys. I’ll probably make ‘crazy quilt’ stockings, as that is my favourite form of quilting activity. In researching a variety of ideas (I had done some furoshiki in the past), I have put together this cool resource to share recycled gift wrapping ideas with you. For gifts inside the stocking, I’m going to have fun wrapping them in the many styles of cloth wrapping you’ll find below. For those of you who are baby wearers like me, I KNOW your fingers will be itching to try some knots in new ways – perhaps on your wrap!

We only have one planet to live on and we all have to do our part to help reduce waste and preserve the beauty of our planet for future generations. Disposable wrapping paper creates nearly 4 million additional tons of garbage in the U.S. during the holiday season alone! (ewraps)
Wrapping Presents gives you the opportunity to indulge in some Eco-Luxe:
Eco-Luxe: A multi-purpose reusable accessory that is also ultra-stylish and luxurious. (bobo)

Let’s have a look at 5 ways you can reduce costs, make a difference, even start a new family tradition by scrapping the idea of paper wrapping paper once and for all:

1. Furoshiki: Fabric Gift Wrapping

Furoshiki is a Japanese tradition for using cloth to wrap gifts and more:

Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and designs to complement your lifestyle. Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size. Furoshiki: the eco-friendly wrapping cloth

Furoshiki Fabric Gift Wrapping

Furochic Fabric Gift Wrapping

Discover how to wrap a range of shaped objects attractively in fabrics…

2. Ewrapz

Ewrapz are one-piece wrapping cloths for gifts that have the ribbon attached, and they have a ‘legacy tag’ that you can use to record the travels of this reusable form of gift wrapping.

3. Bojagi: The Wrapping Scarf

Bojagi is a Korean tradition of using fabric for wrapping gifts. The wrapping scarf tradition comes mainly from Korea and Japan and originated centuries ago as a way to wrap and transport items before the widespread use of paper and plastic. (bobowrap)

‘How to’ videos for gift wrapping using a fabric scarf at Bobo.

4. Make your own: DIY Gift Bags Let’s call them ‘Boomerang Gift Wraps‘ that come back to the giver – or go to another recipient each celebration. That’s a term I like!

Here are some simple patterns…

Free and Easy Gift Bag Patterns

Free Drawstring Gift Bag Patterns

5. Use Kindy and Kiddie Art!

Perhaps you already do – it is a seemingly endless supply, and makes special wrappings, and gives it another use. It is also a fun activity to do with your kids, whatever age – walking on paper with painted feet, or using painted hands, painting on a table then doing finger designs and ‘printing’ it with paper laid on top… going crazy with stickers and stamps and collage….

Let’s have a look at some images of fabric gift wrapping:

Imagine…What if you raided the local thrift store and upcycled some cool retro or just interesting fabrics into some gift bags?

Your Nappy Doula’s talk about reducing, reusing and recycling…

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A question to you about recycling gift wrapping:

Does this concept inspire you as it does me? What do you want to have a go at before Christmas or another gift giving celebration?


  1. While holidaying in Japan a couple of years ago I encountered this idea of furoshiki wrapping. It is not only useful for wrapping gifts but some everyday uses. I have been using furoshiki style wrapping for taking my lunch to work, you can tie the cloth to make a handbag and I have even used a large cloth to carry my food to a picnic and then the cloth became the picnic rug. Furoshiki is awesome.

    Comment by Rebecca — May 15, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  2. My sister in law always wraps her presents so nicely, often with fabric, which we then can re-use as wrap, or the kids use it in craft activities. We also have the endless supply of paintings/drawings to use a wrapping paper and for cards. My daughter gets a real kick out of using her artwork for presents 🙂

    Comment by Sara — October 28, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

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