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Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap: Furoshiki

I’m not certain when I first learned about the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, but I have made much use of the versatility of furoshiki. Today, I’m going to share one way of using a square piece of fabric to wrap a simple gift – two jars of honey!

What you’ll need:

  • Square fabric (mine measures ~32″ square)
  • 2 small bottles or jars of similar size

Instructions:

  1. Lay the fabric flat with one of the points close to you.
Flat fabric

2. Place your jars beside each other near the corner of the fabric closest to you.

Jars beside each other
Top view of jars beside each other

3. Tip the jars on the side leaving the footprint of where they were standing open.

Tipped jars

4. Fold the corner of the cloth over the jars.

Corner folded over jars

5. Roll the jars and fabric carefully until you reach the end of the fabric. Try not to move the jars closer or further away from each other.

Roll the jars in the fabric
Jars completely rolled

6. Tip the jars back upright.

Jars upright

7. Tie the long ends of the fabric in a square knot as close to the tops of the jars as possible.

Square knot

8. To create an carrying handle, tie another square knot with the ends of the fabric you just tied.

Top view of second square knot
Front view of wrapped package with carrying handle
Side view of wrapped package with carrying handle

That’s it! Your package is ready for gifting. 

This is not the only way you can wrap a gift using furoshiki. Check out this handy chart if you have a gift of a different shape or size.

Happy eco-wrapping!

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