One of my favorite trends this holiday season is cloth wrapping paper. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it’s reusable and great for the environment. (Did you know Canadians alone will throw out 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags this season? That is so crazy and I want Joshua to about making eco-conscious choices.)
So, here are a couple things you need to know about cloth wrapping :
Where to get it:
You can cut cloth pretty cheap at any fabric store but what I REALLY love is usingg stuff you already have or buying fabric that you can use frequently. This year for Joshua’s birthday I got some really cute linen table napkins- and they were the perfect size for small gifts. I also had some neutral muslins from when he was a baby, and picked up a couple more holiday cloth napkins at our local Home Goods. It love that they are already in the perfect shape, come in different sizes, and have the edges stitched. For this white wrapping I use a regular size linen table napkin.
How to use it:
There are many ways to wrap the cloth around your gift so play around with it! For the small square kids book I wrapped I first laid out the napkin and placed the book in the center. I grabbed the top right corner and bottom left corner and made a tight knot on the book. I pushed it down to get it as seamless as possible and then did the other side. The top left corner and bottom right corner and made a knot. It was so easy- no cutting paper, folding, taping, etc. etc. And it looks so beautiful!
You can get cloth with different designs and textures but you can also add your own special touch after wrapping. For this piece I added dry eucalyptus. I also started to dry pine and lavender to add to a couple other gifts. I love the simple elegant look dried flowers and plants give.
(here are a couple photos I found on Pinterest for inspiration:)
This is such an easy, beautiful, and eco-friendly tradition you can start with your family! And of course if you do use wrapping paper you can also be conscious with that too. For this little box wrapped in paper I used saved paper from my birthday and just cut up the piece that didn’t have marks or tears. This is ideal for smaller gifts because you can easily find a section from a larger paper that’s usable.
Let me know what you think and add your cloth wrapping styles below!