Sustainable gift-wrapping ideas for Christmas

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Save money and cut waste by wrapping your presents using sustainable materials. The best bit? You can use the same things to wrap your gifts every year! Here are our top sustainable gift-wrapping ideas:

Tools and materials

Canvas drop sheet

Cardboard boxes (various sizes)

Dust mask

Ear protection

Eye protection

Hessian fabric



Sprigs of rosemary



Materials needed for sustainable gift wrapping

1. Choose your materials

Take a trip to Bunnings and get creative – they have heaps of great wrapping options for your gifts. We’re opting to use canvas and hessian fabric, both of which can be purchased in-store. You can also use leftover fabric you have at home, or recycled paper. The best part about using fabric to wrap your presents is that once they’re opened, you can keep the material and use it again next year. Simple!

2. Cut to size

To make your gifts look great, purchase a selection of plain, cardboard boxes. These may be a bit of an initial financial outlay, but if you hang onto them, you can keep re-using them each year. Cheap boxes are available from discount shops, some supermarkets and department stores. You can also use recycled materials you have at home. Once you’ve picked a selection, cut your canvas or hessian to size. Remember to leave enough fabric at both ends to fold them in and tie them up.

Cut wrapping fabric to size, leaving enough fabric on each side

3. Tie your gifts up

Wrap your presents and use twine or thinly cut pieces of hessian to tie them up. A good tip to figure out how much twine you will need is to measure out the twine against every side, and leave a little extra for the bow.

Tie up wrapped present with a piece of twine

4. Add a festive flourish

Add a sprig of rosemary or oregano from the garden to your twine to finish off the look – just pop out to the garden on Christmas morning to make sure it’s fresh! Native gum leaves, wattle and bottlebrush sprigs also look great.

Attach herb stalks to gift wrap

5. Give your gift

And bask in the adulation you’ll receive for being the DIY hero you are. Go you! Saving the planet AND making people smile on Christmas morning – winning!

Decorative display of Christmas gifts, candles and plants

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