DIY and Crafts

7 stylish and sustainable ways to wrap your Christmas presents this year

Wrap this year’s presents in beautiful reusable packaging for a luxe feel and minimal Christmas waste

1. Fabric wrap

The Japanese wrapping method (furoshiki) can be adjusted to suit gifts of all shapes. Any pretty fabric works, or a use a scarf or a linen napkin that will form part of the gift. Slip a sprig of foliage into the knot to finish.

2. Reusable bauble

For a festive look with a twist, consider these clear, oversized baubles. Simply pop your present – wrapped or unwrapped – inside and secure with ribbon.

3. Cotton bag

Small drawstring bags are ideal for jewellery, soaps, perfume, cosmetics or vouchers. Larger tote bags are perfect for books, calendars, diaries and other flat items.

4. Cardboard box

Gift boxes are great for simple items that might otherwise look too small or impersonal, such as bath salts.

5. Lidded basket

Using baskets as a gift-wrap option may seem expensive but you are really giving two gifts in one. Baskets can be used in the home for just about anything!

6. Cork envelope

Natural cork looks great and is easy to reuse. A handmade cork envelope is ideal for vouchers and small books.

To make: Apply clear craft glue along 3 sides of a cork sheet, place a second sheet on top and leave to dry.

7. Tea towel

A bottle of wine always looks great in a tea towel wrap. Simply fold a tea towel in half, place your bottle between the layers at one side (bottle base at the crease end), roll up the bottle and tea towel and tie with a ribbon and tag.


What we used

  • Linen, from $14.99 a metre, calico, $4.99 a fat quarter, from Spotlight.
  • Cork sheets, $4 for 10, from Kmart.
  • Calico drawstring bag, $3 for 2, from Look Sharp.
  • Plastic baubles, $6-$8 each, from Look Sharp.
  • Boxes, $3-$8, from Look Sharp.
  • Gaya tea towel, $29.90 for 2, from Country Road.
  • Moss green linen (background), $20.99 a metre, and ribbons, from $5, from Spotlight.
  • Tags and cards stylist’s own.

Visit our Green Living section to discover more ways for sustainable, eco-friendly living.

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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