Zero Waste
Gift Wrapping

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)

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