Furoshiki is the beautiful Japanese way of wrapping gifts with fabric. It’s an awesome zero-waste idea, the reusable cloth becomes part of the present! Furoshiki inspires us to relook gift wrap. Traditional wrapping paper can be quite wasteful (and expensive), but there are lots of eco-friendly, inexpensive AND glamorous alternatives! That’s why we’re sharing our top green wrapping paper ideas, so you can enjoy a mindful holiday season, and still give gorgeous gifts from the heart.

Furoshiki and Green Wrapping Paper Ideas


In Japanese culture, there is a strong belief that everything has value and shouldn’t be wasted. Furoshiki is the traditional Japanese way to wrap presents. The fabric is reused again and again. In fact, furoshiki is more than just gift wrap. It’s also a zero-waste way to take things on the go and avoid using single-use plastic. In Japan, furoshiki is the popular way to pack your lunch!

Furoshiki and Green Wrapping Ideas
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Furoshiki is simple and beautiful. Want to make it especially festive? Tuck in some foraged sprigs of evergreen/rosemary/eucalyptus and then add a pine cone!

Furoshiki and Green Wrapping Ideas
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There are lots of different knotting styles in furoshiki, which means you can wrap presents of all shapes and sizes. It’s not the traditional method, but if you want to, you can use a piece of string or twine to help secure the fabric.

Furoshiki and Green Wrapping Ideas
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In furoshiki, the gift wrap becomes a valuable part of the present. Here’s an awesome idea: wrap your present in a pretty dishcloth or tea towel. It’s like a bonus treat!

Furoshiki - Wrap your present in a pretty tea towel that becomes part of the gift!
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You can also find lots of furoshiki options when you’re thrifting. Scout out lovely vintage scarves and hankies, and then wash and repurpose them as furoshiki wrapping paper.

Furoshiki scarf
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If you want a really glamorous furoshiki, combine a silk scarf with a gorgeous fresh flower.

Furoshiki with fresh flower
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Other Green Wrapping Paper Ideas

There are lots of other impressive ways to upcycle your gift wrap. We really like reusing brown kraft paper or paper shopping bags. It doesn’t stop there though. Add a clipping of evergreen to make a ‘mini tree’. You can even add snow by flicking white paint off an old toothbrush!

Green Wrapping Paper Ideas
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Magazine Bow

One of our favorite ways to jazz up brown kraft paper is with a homemade magazine paper bow. It’s so easy to make a bow. You’ll never need to buy one again!

Here’s our tutorial.

DIY Gift Bow Tutorial

Book Page Gift Packets

This is a really sweet wrapping idea: Make your own gift bag with an old book.

newspaper gift wrap
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Here’s more book page gift wrap inspiration:

Book Page Gift Wrap Ideas

Newspaper Gift Wrapping

What’s black and white and red (read) all over? The newspaper of course! Tried and true, newspaper is an easy and effective way to gift wrap. I’m pretty sure my dad gets the original credit for this idea. Take it next level by adding some pretty bows and ribbons. Good thing upcyclers save these bits and bobs. Reuse them and gift them on!

Green gift wrapping paper ideas
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Brown Paper Bags

Brown paper bags are a great option if you want to give lots of little presents. Doing some holiday baking? Try brown-bagging your treats and then wrap the parcels with a bit of twine and some fine pine.

Green gift wrapping ideas
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Thanks for featuring us Greenmoxie and for inspiring us to get into furoshiki!

Which of These Furoshiki or Green Wrapping Paper Ideas Do You Like The Most?

2 Thoughts on Furoshiki + Green Wrapping Paper Ideas

  1. I find the racist verbiage on the print on the “book page gift packets” offensive and reflective of ignorant historical perceptions. I would like to see it removed.

    • Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. We hadn’t read what was printed on the book page. This image has now been replaced.


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