Gift Guide

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

The beauty of gifting doesn't lie solely in the present itself - beautiful wrapping can be just as exciting, and even double as another gift that can be reused or repurposed. To help inspire you this holiday season, we're sharing a few of our favorite sustainable gift wrapping techniques.

By Printfresh Staff
December 2021
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

One of our favorite (and sustainable) ways to wrap gifts is with cloth. Also known as the Japanese art of Furoshiki, folding and tying fabric in lieu of paper is a unique and eco-friendly way to finish gifts. Reuse a scrap of fabric you have or thrift a patterned vintage scarf that fits your loved one's personality. Not only will the gift look amazing, the recipient will also have a new scarf to add to their collection or to use for future wrapping!

A Few Furoshiki Techniques

There are so many different types of furoshiki, with different techniques depending on the shape of the package. As an introduction, we've chosen a few simple methods to highlight. Remember, there’s really no right or wrong way when it comes to furoshiki, so have fun and be as creative as you would like. 

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

For Square or Rectangles: Yotsu Musubi

Let's start with the most basic technique, Yotsu Musubi. Perfect for rectangle or square gifts, this method is also great for beginners.

1. Place your gift in the center of the fabric or scarf

2. Lift two opposite corners and tie a knot 

3. Lift remaining opposite corners

4. Tie knot with those two corners on top of the first knot 

5. Gift to someone special 

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

For Bottles: Bin Tsutsumi

One of the most popular hostess gifts for holiday parties is wine. Bin Tsutsumi is a technique designed specifically for bottles, and can even be adjusted to hold two bottles at once. 

1. Place the bottle at the top in the middle of the cloth 

2. Lift two opposite corners

3. Tie the corners into a knot at the top of the bottle 

4. Take the two remaining corners and wrap them in opposite directions around the center of the bottle 

5. Tie the corners into a knot & you’re ready to gift

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

For Long objects: Entou Tsutsumi 

For cylindrical objects, Entou Tsutsumi is a really great technique. Similar to Yotsu Musubi, this method is super simple but looks very sophisticated once completed. 

1. Place object diagonally on the fabric

2. Roll object up nice and tight 

3. Take the two sides and pull tight towards the center

4. Twist the ends together and flip the object over

5. Take the two flaps and tie the final knot

Looking to learn more about Furoshiki, be sure to check out these resources: Infographics, Tips & Tricks, Wrapping with Fabric by Etsuko Yamada

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Other Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas

For those with a little extra time or looking to take their wrapping to the next level, we have you covered. Here are a few more sustainable ways to elevate your gift wrapping.

1. Use Charms or Brooches as Decoration

Curate a selection of unique ornaments, charms, or brooches (passed down from generations or thrifted locally) and try attaching one to your present with ribbon or twine, where you might have otherwise added a bow. Not only does it add visual interest or a pop of color, it's also an added gift that your loved one can wear or use as decor! This is a great way to top your gifts – no matter the season.

2. Add sprigs of herbs or greens from your garden 

For those into gardening, this is a great way to personalize gifts with someone you are passionate about and already have at home.

3. Accenting with Wrapping Paper Bands

Instead of wrapping your entire gift with specialty printed paper, try adding just a small accent band of paper. This is a perfect use for all that scrap paper you may have lying around from seasons past, and you cut down on the amount of paper you use on each gift. Start by wrapping your gift as you normally would with a recycled solid kraft or white butcher paper. Based on the wrapping paper pattern and the size of your gift, cut a band that is 3" - 10" wide, and long enough to wrap around the width of the present. 

Get cozy in your favorite pair of Printfresh Pjs and get to wrapping! Tell us in the comments below your favorite ways to wrap gifts this holiday season.

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