DIY Eco-Friendly(ish) Christmas Wrapping

11 December 2018

So, as I'm sure you're all aware, we all need to do our bit (or a bit more) to help the planet. There have been quite a few posts circulating social media recently describing just how bad wrapping paper is for the planet. That is, how much of it is used every year and how none of it can be recycled. So, for today's Blogmas post, I thought I'd collate a few better-for-the-environment wrapping ideas. The best thing to use, paper-wise, is brown paper as it is fully recyclable. It isn't, however, particularly pretty and a load of presents wrapped in it won't look particularly festive under the tree. So, welcome Becc4's brown paper decorating ideas...

A really easy one is just to grab a silver/gold/red/any colour sharpie and just doodle on the paper. I've never been particularly gifted when it comes to art and drawing, but the above doodle was easy enough and I think it looks really cute. I mean, snowmen are really easy to draw, they're just circles stacked on top of each other, so this one couldn't be easier. Plus, if it looks a bit crap, who cares, it makes it a bit more personal and shows that some effort has been made.

Ribbon is also a really quick and easy way to spruce a present up, and this white and gold twine is from Tiger and costs £1. Even just this on a few of the gifts really makes a difference. Using the same twine I made the Christmas tree bunting with an old cereal box we had in our recycling bin. It took about 20 minutes to make - yep I drew it myself - and was actually really therapeutic. Whilst it was a lot of effort for one present, if you've got the free time then go for it, you make that tree bunting. I'm actually going to hang the bunting up in my room at home when I head back to my family house for Christmas, I love how minimalist it is.

The little red bauble is from a pack I bought in Poundland, and I figured that this could be added to the ribbon and tied into the bow. These could then be reused and placed on the tree by the recipient, cute, huh? I'm not sure where I was going with the pinecone and the tealight, maybe they could be stuck directly on the paper? Who knows...

So, there we have it, a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. I'm going to be doing these this year as well as using up some of the old wrapping paper I already have lying around and I think it's going to look GREAT.

Do you have any other ideas I haven't thought of?


  1. Ooh I might try brown paper myself this year!

  2. I love this idea, its so good to be more conscious of the environment and do whatever we can to help! I actually think decorated brown paper is really sweet!

    Lucy | Forever September


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