DIY: Upcycled Gift Wrap

With the holidays here, we’ve explored the many alternatives to sustainable and upcycled gift-wrapping in attempts to eliminate waste. Taking a cue from the old Japanese tradition of Furoshiki, wrapping items in decorative fabric, we’ve come up with a simple DIY version that anyone, anywhere can achieve. This form of gift-wrapping can include old fabric remnants or even on old article of clothing.

What you will need:

- Fabric remnants (old t-shirt, blanket, scraps): needs to be 2 to 3 times larger than the gift and cut into a square shape

- Scissors: if you wish to trim fabric, but not necessary

How to make it:

Step 1: Place your square/rectangle piece of cloth inverted into a diamond shape, with one point at the top and at the bottom.

Step 2: Set gift, either in a box or not, at the center of your diamond. Bring up the top and bottom corners together, and securely tie a double knot.

Step 3: Bring the remainder opposite two sides together and tie in a double knot at the center of gift, right above previous knot.

Step 4: (Optional) Tuck the loose ends of fabric under both knots for a smooth finishing touch. If you have enough fabric remaining, feel free to experiment with tying a fancier bow.

After the holiday cheer has been spread, the unwrapped fabric can then be transformed into a fashionable accessory like a scarf or head wrap, or can even be used to wrap yet another gift.


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