Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap and DIY Gift Tags

I come from a family of seven children so you can imagine how many gifts were under our tree Christmas morning. I have vivid memories of my Mom clearing the mound of wrapping paper from the middle of the living room floor. Even as a young child, I remember feeling bothered by the multiple paper filled bags heading to the garbage bin.

Fast forward to adulthood where I vowed that everything used to wrap Christmas gifts would be able to be reused, repurposed, or recycled. Today I'm sharing ideas for eco-friendly holiday gift wrap and DIY gift tags that can be hung on the tree after the gifts are open.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With Paid DIY Gift Tags

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap and DIY Gift Tags

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It's Day 9 and we are sharing Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas!

12 Days of Christmas recap

DIY Gift Ideas - Upcycled Basket Holiday Hostess Gift
DIY Christmas Countdown - Christmas Countdown Santa Cottage
DIY Kid's Crafts - Easy Snowflake Craft To Make With Your Grandkids
Holiday Party Food - Spicy Cheese Ball For The Holidays
DIY Ornament Ideas - Three Unique Recycled Sweater Ornaments
Holiday Decor Ideas - Milk and Cookies Tray For Santa
Christmas In A Jar - Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama
Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas - Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap & DIY Gift Tags (You Are Here)
Christmas Trees - Sparkly Red Burlap Tabletop Christmas Trees
Something Sweet - Family Holiday Favorite Walnut Strudel Cookies
Stockings - Unique High Heel Christmas Stocking For A Fashionista

These gifts are for my grandchildren. They can use the brown kraft paper afterward to draw or color, the plaid ornament gift tags can be hung on the tree, and Mommy is an avid crocheter so she could reuse the ribbon. If not their two cats will be amused for hours.

The candy canes? Well isn't it Grandma's job to sneak them a treat now and again 😉

Reuseable Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrapping

This is the first year I used a heavier brown kraft paper, normally I use white kraft paper but they can see through it so Grandma got smarter this year. I found the heavier paper easier to wrap with too.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Yarn Ribbon

Eco-friendly items to wrap holiday gifts

These are the supplies I used to wrap the eco-friendly Christmas gifts minus the kraft paper (not shown). I'm not going to share a tutorial on how to wrap a gift because I'm sure we've all figured that out by now.

I tried to conceal the tape by using double-sided tape but it wasn't sticking very well to the heavy kraft paper.

To embellish the gifts in an eco-friendly manner I simply wrapped red and white yarn around each present several times and tied a small sprig of faux evergreens. Then I looped the ties around a plaid DIY ornament name tag and tied a bow. Very festive and super easy.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Supplies

How To make Plaid DIY Ornament Gift Tags

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You'll need an assortment of wood cut out ornaments like these. I found mine at Michael's last year and when I went to get more this year, they no longer had them. 😢 I didn't use the angel ornament because I made a special memorial ornament for my tree instead.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Wood Ornament Tags

If you've been following the 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop then this plaid fabric will look familiar. It's one of the fabrics I used on my DIY Sweater Ornaments and this is what was leftover. Just enough for my ornament gift tags.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap DIY Ornament Tags

All I did to make them was decoupage the fabric onto the wood ornaments with Mod Podge. Brushing it onto the front side of the ornaments and strategically lining them up on the wrong side of the plaid fabric. Let them completely dry, I left mine overnight. Easy peasy so far, right?

Eco Friendly Decoupaged Plaid Fabric Ornament Gift Tags

Next, I cut around each ornament with sharp sewing scissors and then carefully trimmed the excess fabric with a sharp retractable craft knife and cutting mat.

I left the back of the ornaments the natural wood for labeling the name tags. With an extra-fine red sharpie marker, I wrote 2018 at the top of each ornament for a keepsake. I wrote the rest of the details with an extra-fine black marker.

Decorating the DIY ornament gift tags

I rummaged through my sewing and craft bins to find everything needed to embellish the ornaments.

Eco Friendly Holiday Ornament Gift Tags Decorated

Moose Ornament Embellishments

Small gold buttons and a mini wreath were glued onto the moose resembling a saddle.

Rudolph Ornament Embellishments

Rudolph's red nose is a pompom and the eyes are two small white buttons with small black pompoms.

Gingerbread Ornament Embellishments

Small red craft gems were used for the buttons, small white buttons for the eyes, and a piece of red cording for the mouth on the gingerbread ornament.

Cardinal Ornament Embellishments

A small black pompom for the eye, red cording, and a small craft gem for the scarf was used to decorate the cardinal ornament.

Christmas Ball Ornament Embellishments

A small sprig of faux evergreens and a small white jingle bell top the Christmas ball ornaments.

Candy Cane Ornament Embellishments

One strand of red & white bakers twine and a strand of red cording were wrapped around the candy cane ornament with a dab of glue every so often.

See how easy it was to make these eco-friendly gift tags. You probably have everything you need to embellish them around the house. As for the kraft paper wrapping, it can be cut into small note pads or used as art paper for kids. I often use it to protect my worktable when doing crafts or I line the back of DIY picture frame chalkboards. Much better than ending up in the landfill!

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With DIY Plaid Gift Tags

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  1. That is such a great way to spruce up a plain tag Marie. I am definitely doing it.

    1. Hi Mary! I'm glad you like this idea for sprucing up the wooden tags sold where you work (lucky girl). Have fun!


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