Gift(wrap) Ideas That Keep on Giving

Not to ruin the magic and sparkle of the holidays…but your cute shiny, laminated store-bought gift wrap is, in fact, not recyclable in most circumstances.

If wrapping paper is metallic, has glitter on it, or has a texture to it, it is not recyclable. That’s why we love to use natural, upcycled fibers like cotton with fun tie-dye patterns and techniques to create a eco-friendly giftwrap that’s both unique and reuse-able. Check out some of our favorite ideas below.

Paper Goods

Yep, you can dye paper. it’s a perfect match for invitations, greeting cards or scrapbook pages—and in this case, gift tags. We got a little creative an even used a foam brush to create some lines and interesting patterns.

Ombre Cotton Scrap Ribbon

The secret behind the rustic, unfinished edges? Just rip it. We simply ripped some fabric scraps into strips and dip dyed them to create these soft ombre hues.

Furoshiki: Fabric Gift Wrap

Furoshiki is a traditional type of Japanese gift wrapping that uses cloth fabric. Since we love repurposing and upcycling old fabric, we thought this would be a perfect fit for the holidays. It’s sustainable, reusable and so fun to make.

Yarn Tassel Gift Toppers

The shiny store-bought curly bows? Not recycle-able. Consider dyeing yarn and creating colorful tassels or pompoms.

Fabric Scrap Embroidery Hoop Ornament

An upcycled, re-useable, handmade gift topper…that also doubles as an ornament. We made these with some fabric scraps we had lying around.

Marble Wine Bag

For the hostess with the mostest. Dress up your favorite vino with this no-sew wine bottle bag upcycled from an old tote bag using the marbling method with shaving cream. We know it sounds weird, but the effects are truly marble-ous.

Dip Dyed Ribbon

No need to even unroll it, simply dip it as is. Doesn’t get easier than this.

Dip Dyed Gift Tags

A quick dip is all it takes to add a little personalized color to your gift.

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