The Art of Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping

 In Art Discovery, Art in Santa Barbara, Explore Ecology, Family Activities in Santa Barbara

Wrapping presents is one of my favorite holiday traditions and this year I am challenging myself to only use recycled or reuse items. After five minutes looking around Art From Scrap I had so many ideas, I wanted to share some of them with you.




The easiest way to start is just grab some old maps. The more the merrier!


Then wrap your presents with them, bonus if you can find maps that have a special meaning for the person receiving the gift. Some bright yarn makes for an easy bow on top. Then add a leather scrap for a cool gift tag that could become a key chain after all the presents are unwrapped.


If you are wanting to decorate your gift boxes or wrapping paper yourself I would suggest cork stamping. Take a cork and draw the shape you want to stamp on the top. Simple geometric shapes seemed to work the best for me. I drew a triangle then used an X-Acto knife to carefully cut around the shape. Here are some examples of my stamps.

Find some paint that you want to use. I used acrylic paints, but any thick paint should work. Press your cork stamp into the paint, then dab it off on a scratch paper to make sure you are getting your image. Now it’s time to get stamping!



If paper isn’t your thing, fabric can be a beautiful reuse way to wrap any gift. The Japanese art of Furoshiki, wrapping goods in fabric, has so many ways to tie knots and create beautiful little fabric creations.


You can create your own Sustainable Gift Wrapping in our free  That’s A Wrap! Workshop on Saturday, December 15th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Art From Scrap. Part of our Handcrafted Holiday Marketplace, our gift wrapping workshop will show you some beautiful and eco friendly ways to wrap your gifts this year. 

We hope you visit the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store to see what inspires you to reuse a little more this holiday season. We are open Thursday and Friday 11:00 – 6:00 and  Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 4:00. Our Store will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd, reopening on January 3rd. 

Happy Holidays!

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