8 Budget-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

A beautifully wrapped gift doesn't need expensive paper, ribbons and embellishments. Be inspired by our ideas for creatively reusing paper, fabric and organic elements you have on hand.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
Gift Wrapped with String DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Newspaper and Garden String

Turn yesterday's news into graphic wrapping paper. Pair it with green garden string for an eye-catching combo.

Turn Gift Wrapping into Clever Presents DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Make the Wrap Part of the Gift

Wrap a kitchen gift or present for the foodie on your list in a colorful dish towel.

Maps, Magazines Make Memorable Wrapping Paper DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Map It

For larger gifts, use a map of your hometown, favorite vacation destination or dream getaway — it's the perfect wrap for jet-setters or adventurers on your list.

Vintage Fabric as Gift Wrap DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Raid Your Fabric Stash

Use trimmed oddments of beautiful fabric to wrap gifts. Tie simply with festively colored string.

Incorporate Paper and Corrugated Cardboard for Gift Wrapping DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mix Textures

Put small pieces of interesting paper to work. Ridged cardboard adds textural interest when paired with brown Kraft paper. Pretty gingham ribbon adds color.

Recycled Shirt Gift Wrapping DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Recycle a Past-Its-Prime Shirt

Cut the back off an old shirt and wrap the shirt front around the gift. Simply secure the sleeves on top with string.

Brown Paper Used To Wrap Gift DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Brown Paper and Woven String

Brown Kraft paper is a great anytime gift-wrap. Keep some on hand for wrapping gifts throughout the year. Give it holiday appeal with red twine or ribbon and fragrant cinnamon sticks.

Tissue Paper Leaf Wrap DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tissue Paper and Leaves

Arrange leaves between sheets of recycled tissue paper and secure the wrapping with glue and twine.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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