I am so inspired by natural elements, that I am integrating it into my holiday gift wrap. Plus, if you read our blog post to learn how to dry oranges, you can use them, too! So, here are a few beautiful, natural gift wrap ideas!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Wrap gifts with an eco-friendly approach by using natural embellishments, reusable cloth ribbons or fabric, and recyclable papers. Natural elements are bio-degradable and better for the environment. Therefore, you can still make your packages look pretty while using greenery from your garden, neighborhood walks or dried floral arrangements. Lastly, keep a basket next to the tree on Christmas morning to collect ribbons and cloth to reuse year after year.
- Kraft paper or cotton canvas fabric
- Cloth ribbon, yarn or twine
- Dried fruit & cinnamon sticks
- Fresh or dried greenery
- Handmade paper
In addition, grab scissors, tape, a hot glue gun and an embroidery needle from your craft room.
DIY Gift Wrap Instructions
First, tape one end of yarn to the back of the package before wrapping several times. Then, with an embroidery needle, thread the other end of the yarn and push through the off-center of a dried orange slice. Next, place a cinnamon stick in the center and pull the threaded needle over the stick and through the back of the orange slice. Repeat step and secure the end of the yarn on the back with tape. Lastly, tuck greenery underneath dried fruit.
Wrap package three to four times with yarn securing on the back with tape. Then, tuck in sprigs of greenery and dried oranges between each layer of yarn. Adhere with hot glue, if necessary.
Wrap package with two or three cloth ribbons and secure with tape on the back. Then, thread a dried orange slice and cranberries together with yarn. Hot glue the yarn and greenery on the underside of the ribbon.
Wrap package with two layered cloth ribbons and secure on the back with tape. Then, thread a dried pear slice with yarn before tying a cinnamon stick and sprig of greenery into the knot. Hot glue the tied foliage onto paper tag.
First, wrap package with cotton ribbon. Next, use embroidery needle and yarn to thread cranberries; bend into circling before tying ends together. Then, place cranberry wreath onto package and secure with yarn in same direction as ribbon. Lastly, write gift recipient’s name on paper scroll before hot glueing to berries.
The True Gift of Christmas
There is a popular quote from Dr. Seuss’s story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, that says, “It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. ‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.’” No matter how you wrap your gifts this year, remember that the true gift of Christmas is JESUS and the peace, love, and joy that He brings to our lives.
To Christians, Christmas gifts represent the tributes made to baby Jesus by the three wise men after his birth. Therefore, gift giving has become an important part of the holiday season. It is a way to show love and kindness to our family and friends, too. In addition, beautifully wrapped gifts tell the gift recipient that you have something thoughtful to share with them. It makes them feel special and provides that exciting element of surprise that Christmas morning brings.