Looking for sustainable and gorgeous ways to wrap your gifts? We've got you covered, from simple brown paper packages upgraded with silk ribbon or scraps of material, to the Japanese art of Furoshiki. And no gift is complete without a gorgeous gift tag, and we show you how to DIY your own out of air dry clay.
I've always been someone that absolutely loves wrapping gifts. Carefully selecting matching paper and ribbon and wrapping it meticulously. However wrapping paper is so often ripped and tossed aside with little thought to the time and effort that went in to it, and it also creates so much waste. This year I'm trying to be more mindful when it comes to gifting, and I like to use simple brown wrapping paper that can be composted and returned to the land.
There are so many ways to upgrade this look, from adding fresh or dried botanical items, from flowers, leaves or even dehydrated fruit like oranges with twine, or using scraps of material or silk ribbons to really up the glamour.
We even wrap our hand made soaps in material, as we are mindful of packaging and the impact it has on the environment as a business.
I've recently taken cues from the art of Japanese Furoshiki wrapping, using material, which can be used again and again and which can be a gift in itself if you use a gorgeous pillow or tea towel.
While there are endless variations on how to tie Furoshiki, the simplest way is by wrapping opposing corners over the gift and then using the remaining two corners to tie a nice-looking knot. Your recipient gets a unique and attractive gift and you don’t have to deal with paper, tape, scissors.
And no gift is complete without a gift tag. We made some super simple ones out of air dry clay. Simply roll out the clay, then use natural elements like flowers and leaves to press patterns in to the clay. Then you can use a glass or cookie cutter to get the desired size and shape. We also used a straw to poke a hole in it so that we could attach it with twine or ribbon to the gift.
Then follow the direction on the packet to bake them in the oven to set nice and hard. You can also paint your clay now if you'd like to have different colours.
Have fun and use whatever you have lying around your whare to make each tag unique. We also used them as Christmas decorations by tying a loop and placing on your tree. Such a cute and versatile decoration, you could even do little hand prints of your tamariki to help document their growth every year, and these make cute gifts for grandparents.