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How to wrap a gift zero waste?

There are plenty of ways to beautifully wrap a gift with recycled or natural and biodegradable materials. Here are some ideas for materials you can most likely find around your house, or purchase at a craft store.

For wrapping:

  • Old paper grocery bags
  • Recycled paper
  • Newspapers
  • Thin Kraft paper
  • Kraft boxes
  • Old maps
  • Scraps / old fabrics
  • Cloth napkins
  • Old clothes
  • Vintage scarfs
  • Pretty dish clothes
  • Mason jars

For tying:

  • Hemp, jute or linen twine
  • Cotton strings
  • Strips of scrap fabric
  • Metal wires
  • Paper tape (great alternative to wasteful and unfortunately very common sticky plastic tape)

For embellishment and decoration:

  • Real plants like leafy branches, twigs, pinecones, mountain ash / rowan berries, winter berries
  • Sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  • Dried slices of fruit like orange, lemon or lime
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fabric scraps
  • Vintage jewelry

Gift tag with name:

  • Cut the thicker craft paper (from craft store or from kraft box you have at home) into any shape you want. It can be either simple rectangular, heart, oval or a Christmas tree shape.  Make a little hole in the top of the tag and tie it to a present with hemp, jute or linen twine.

And Voila! Zero waste gift wrapping is easy, quick, very affordable and of course plastic free.