Wrapping paper is designed for single-use, and although the patterns can be cheerful and bright, the environmental impact is anything but. Think you'll just recycle the gift wrap? Think again! Most wrapping paper is not recyclable – meaning its final destination is a landfill.
Instead, everyday household items can be repurposed into creative gift wraps for the holidays or any occasion!
Furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth)
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Here are five ways you can reuse your knot wrap via LushUSA.com.
Holiday Wrapping Hacks from "Good Housekeeping"
Try these holiday wrapping hacks from "Good Housekeeping."
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas from OLIO
Use what you have lying around the house such as old magazines, newspapers, maps, sheet music or book pages.
Add a touch of the outdoors by wrapping gifts in leaves or putting a sprig of greenery as an accent.
Or wrap your gifts within another gift such as a fabulous tea towel or stylish reusable napkin!
Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas from HGTV
Learn how to repurpose empty food canisters, paper towel rolls, old t-shirts, socks, 6-pack holders, used jars, and more! Skip the cellophane wrap suggested for the jar gift and just tie a cute ribbon around the lid!
Repurposed Cereal Boxes
Easy peasy and adorable! Check out this idea from "SustainableMags."
- Grab an empty cereal box
- Cut the tabs off the top of the box
- Use a hole punch to make two holes on either side of the box
- Thread ribbon, twine, shoestrings (or anything you can think of) through the holes and tie a knot on the ends
Got a gift certificate or small item such as a bracelet or other trinket? Try this recycled pillow boxes idea from Older and Wisor. How cute are these?