All about reusable upcycled sari gift wrap
How to wrap gifts with sari or other reusable cloth
Method 1 (square or rectangular items like books, DVDs, boxes).
Place the item diagonally in the centre of the wrapping cloth. If the item is rectangular, then fold up the corners of the fabric on either side of the longest edges of the item. Ensure the fabric is pulled tightly and tie the two opposite corners together. Next, do the same with the remaining two corners and form a knot. Then retie the same two corners to form a knot. If the object being wrapped is square, then it doesn’t matter which opposite corners are tied together first, but follow the same steps as above.
Method 2 (square or rectangular items like books, DVDs, boxes)
Place the item in the centre of the wrapping cloth, fold the cloth over from the left or right and then repeat from the other side. Fold the top and bottom ends under the item and secure with a ribbon or pretty string or thread.
Method 3 (odd-shaped items like wine bottles, etc.)
How to wrap a wine bottle using Shakti.ism long reusable sari gift wrap
Lay the cloth on in a diamond shape on a flat surface and place the item upright in the middle. Gather the top and bottom corners together and tie them securely in a knot on top of the item. Take the two remaining corners and wrap them around the bottle so that they cross over the back and end at the front. Make sure the fabric stays tight while wrapping. Tie the two ends in a knot. If a handle is desired, then tie another knot with the loose ends at the top of the bottle. To do this, twist the ends a little and tie a small knot with the very ends of the fabric.
Method 4 (round or odd shaped items like balls, socks, etc.)
How to wrap multiple or odd shaped items using Shakti.ism long reusable sari gift wrap
Lay the cloth in a square shape on a flat surface and place the item in the centre of the cloth. Gather all the cloth around the item, bunch together and pull tight. Tie with a ribbon or thread around the gathered corners.
If you want to get more creative with your cloths, check out the Japanese Ministry of Environment’s PDF guide to showcase the many different ways to use (fold) furoshiki!
Sari gift wrap size guide
A good guideline for size is that the item you are wrapping should be approximately one-third of the length of the gift wrapping cloth.
Shakti.ism currently offers a few different sizes of sari gift wrap:
Small gift wrap: 25cm x 25cm (perfect for smaller items like jewellery, pins, trinkets, etc.)
Medium gift wrap: 45cm x 45cm (great for books, DVDs, small boxes, etc.)
Large gift wrap: 60cm x 60cm (great for pretty much anything)
Long gift wrap: 35cm x 90cm (great for wine or champagne bottles, odd-shaped items)
Ways to reuse sari gift wrap cloth
- Wrap a gift and give it to someone else
- Wrap and store small items in your handbag, backpack or pocket
- Wear it as a stylish neck scarf, bracelet or belt
- Wear it as a hairband or head wrap
- Hang it on the wall as decoration
- Line your handbag with it
- Use it as a placemat or a reusable serviette (napkin)
Facts about gift wrap waste originally shared by Mind the Wrap
US consumers spent just over US$8 billion on gift wrap in 2018 (source).
It’s also estimated that 4 million tons of waste in the US over the holidays is made up of wrapping paper and shopping bags – this amounts to around 30 million trees cut down (source).
In the UK, around 100 million rolls of gift wrapping paper are thrown away after Christmas annually (source).
Canadians throw away about 540,000 tonnes of gift wrapping and gift bags during the holiday season (source).
Australians are estimated to use over 150,000 kilometres of wrapping paper for Christmas alone – enough to wrap around the Earth’s equator almost four times (source).