12 Genius Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Hacks

12 Genius Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Hacks

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite eco-friendly gift wrap ideas with you.

I love Christmas, but unfortunately there are some negative environmental impacts of the holiday season. The EPA estimates that during the holidays Americans produce 25% more waste. Which is about 1 million tons of trash!!!! (source)

That’s a huge environmental impact! One way to reduce your environmental impact this holiday season is to use eco-friendly gift wrap. Obviously the most eco-friendly idea would be to not wrap your gifts, but for most of us that’s probably not going to happen. Opening gifts is a huge part of the fun of Christmas right?

I used to think that gift wrap could just be recycled, it’s just paper right? However many types of gift wrap have dyes and plastics that make them difficult or impossible to recycle. So today I decided to share some of my favorite gift wrap ideas that are eco-friendly and pretty too!

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Buy Eco-friendly Gift Wrap

This is one of the easiest options. There are many brands that sell eco-friendly wrapping paper. One of my favorite brands is Wrappily. They’re wrapping paper is 100% recyclable and they have tons of really cute prints! You can find their wrapping paper here: Wrappily Wrapping Paper

One of my favorite ways to wrap gifts is to buy basic brown kraft paper. It’s really inexpensive and it’s recyclable. There’s also the added benefit that kraft paper doesn’t slip as much and is easier to fold, so you won’t have to use as much tape (or even any tape at all) when your wrap gifts with it.

You can find brown kraft paper here: 100% Recyclable Kraft Paper Roll

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

I know some people think it’s tacky, but I reuse old gift bags and tissue paper from gifts that I receive. Maybe I’m just cheap, but I think it’s better than purchasing new gift bags and tissue paper because I’m not creating new waste. I would rather reuse an old gift bag than throw it away and having to buy a new one later on.

Skip The Tape

One way to reduce the environmental impact of your gifts is to not use tape. You can secure the edges of your packages by tying twine around it (obviously this trick will only work if you are wrapping a square/rectangular gift, it’s a little bit trickier with odd shaped packages).

You can also wrap your gifts without any tape! I love this video (see below) that shows you how you can wrap gifts without using any tape!

Make Your Own Gift Bags

It’s fairly easy to make your own gift bags. One of the great things about making your own is you can use whatever type of paper that you have handy. You could use leftover scrapbook paper, brown paper, or even some of the eco-friendly wrapping paper we talked about earlier!

Here’s a simple tutorial for how to make your own gift bags: Make DIY Gift Bags

Use Leftover Paper

If you have scraps of scrapbook paper or printer paper you can use that to wrap smaller gifts! Scrapbook paper would look so cute as wrapping paper and if you tie it with some twine it will look fantastic!

Brown Paper Bags

One of my favorite eco-friendly (and budget friendly) gift wrap ideas is to use brown paper bags. I always try to get paper bags from the grocery store if I forget my reusable bags (which I do a lot) so I always tend to have a couple extra paper bags hanging around.

I just cut the bags open on one side, turn them inside out, and then wrap my gifts! It’s a simple and easy way to wrap gifts with something you already have!

You can also throw on some pine cones, or sprigs from a pine tree to add a beautiful touch to your gift!

Draw Your Own Patterns

Another great way to make plain brown paper look fantastic is to draw your own patterns on it. You can use a white colored pencil, chalk, or a chalkboard marker to create beautiful, custom designs for your gifts!

Christmas Tree Map Gift Tags 

Don’t you love these homemade gift tags? I love that the Christmas tree is made from an old map! I also love how simple and easy these eco-friendly gift tags are to make!

Lunch sack 

I love this idea for wrapping your gifts. I love the beautiful Christmas sayings and the added bonus of eucalyptus stems!

Winter Scarf

I love the idea of wrapping your gifts with a winter scarf! Not only is the wrapping super cute, but it can be used and it part of the gift! You can learn how to wrap gifts in a scarf here: Wrapping gifts in a scarf tutorial

Use Newspaper

If you still get the newspaper you can use newspaper to wrap your next Christmas gift! It looks absolutely stunning and it’s recyclable!

Homemade Bows

I had no idea you could make your own bows until I found this tutorial. Aren’t they so cute? You can use leftover scrapbook paper or kraft paper to make these bows to add the perfect touch to your eco-friendly wrapping. Tutorial here: Homemade Bows

Which of these gift wrap ideas is your favorite?



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Simple things you can do to help the planet this Earth Day (or everyday!)

So here at the farm we try and do the best we can to treat the Earth with the respect it deserves. We are so grateful for the amazing planet we live on that allows our homestead to function! With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd I thought I would share some ideas with you of simple things you could do to help the plant this Earth Day.

Actually use your reusable bags

Ok I know, this one is kind of a given. But, we’ve all got those reusable bags that are sitting in the back of our car or are stuffed in the back of a closet. I don’t remember to bring my reusable bags until I get to the checkout and see them bagging my groceries in plastic. Oops. I’m working on it. But this Earth Day try and start the habit of bringing your reusable bags with you to the store. I buy the bags like this one that I can fold up into a small bag and then leave in my purse. That way I always have one with me.

Buy in bulk

Not only is it normally cheaper to buy things in bulk, but when you buy things in bulk they tend to have a lot less packaging which means, less plastic. I use these bags when I buy things like bulk nuts, seeds, oatmeal etc so that I’m reducing the amount of plastic I’m using.

Recycle. Obviously.

Really though. Look into what you can and can’t recycle in your area, and try to recycle as much as you can.

Reuse things instead of throwing them away.


So on our homestead we’re pretty frugal. I try and reuse things as much as I can. Before you throw something away try and think of a way you could repurpose it or maybe donate it to someone else who could use it.




Composting is awesome! It’s good for your garden and it reduces your food and garden waste! Check out this article for tips and trick on how to make composting easy.

Buy a water bottle you can reuse!


Buy a good water bottle that you can fill with tap water and use over and over again. I use this one because it keeps your water cold for so long which is amazing for a long day working on the homestead!


Fix those leaky sinks!


It’s crazy how much water is wasted when you have a leaky sink, toilet, or shower. The EPA  estimates that the average family can waste 180 gallons of water each week due to leaks. So fix those leaks!


Try out xeriscaping


Xeriscaping is landscaping your yard in way that reduces or eliminates the need to water. This not only saves money, but it also conserves water, especially if you live in a dry area. Xeriscaping includes choosing grass and plants that are native to your area, using a drip system, and using water-efficient plants. Xeriscaping can also reduce the amount of work required to maintain your lawn and flowerbeds. Bonus! Check out this article for more information about xeriscaping.


Ride your bike or walk


Using your car less is an easy way to help the environment. And it’s fun too! Ride your bike to the park with your kids instead of driving. It’s also a great way to motivate your kids to get outdoors and play!


Eat locally grown produce or grow your own garden!


It takes a lot of energy and natural resources to ship corn to the United States in the middle of January. So head out to your farmers market and pick up some fresh, local produce! It tastes amazing and you’re supporting local farmers. Growing your own garden is also an awesome way you can help the environment.

Thanks for reading our simple tips to help the planet this Earth Day! I would love to hear your tips on how you help the planet in the comments below!