Recycled Gift Wrap DIY – Or, Gift Wrapping Handmade Products

I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in my life I became nutty about cute gift wrapping. Combine that with an eternal love of crafting, upcycling, and generally being thrifty….and you have the perfect storm.

Part of my job here at Fair Ivy is to ensure that the gifts sent to our monthly surprise subscribers are wrapped in a cute and unique way.  We know that a good chunk of the experience of getting a monthly surprise package is the actual unwrapping event—so the gift wrap is definitely an important part!  However, a lot of our new favorite artists are facing gift wrapping handmade products for the first time, and it can seem like a daunting task.

But over the years, the great thing I’ve realized about gift wrapping is that the more mis-mashed, recycled, and made-up it is, the cuter and more personal it looks.  Take the image below for example:

Recycled Gift Wrap DIY - Or, Gift Wrapping Handmade Products

To make this, I started with the inside of a brown paper grocery bag.  I found a piece of random scrap fabric and cut a strip, and used 5 pieces of blue/green string to go on top of it.  I made the little white dots with paint, and plucked a small leaf from a plant outside.  The tag I just cut out of a scrap of paper I rescued from my recycling bin.

I spent nothing on the wrapping whatsoever, yet it looks a lot more adorable than your generic wrapping paper job.  It also feels a lot more like it contains some kind of quirky artisan bath product or handmade jewelry—in other words, it looks thoughtful.  It took about 10 minutes, but most of that time was waiting for the white paint to dry.

Wouldn’t you squeal with delight if you received that as a gift from a friend?  They probably would think it was wrapped by a fancy store, rather than recycled gift wrap from your own home!

Recycled Gift Wrap – A super straightforward DIY

So, using recycled gift wrap is a great way to gift wrap handmade products if you have a store (like on Etsy), or if you just want your personal gift to have an extra thoughtful vibe.  There are a thousand ways to do something like this, but I’m going to do the absolute simplest version I can come up with—in the hopefully unlikely scenario that you are at home and literally have no crafting materials like ribbon or paint or even gardeners twine.  In my opinion, it isn’t the absolute cutest way you could wrap something—but it takes a very bare-bones approach if you have no materials.

This style is best suited for a smaller gift, like jewelry.

Recycled Gift Wrap - Easy gift wrapping ideas


  • Brown paper (e.g. grocery bag)
  • White paper strip
  • Pen
  • Some sort of a piece of a plant—flowers, leaves, dead twigs
  • Tape or glue


With your pen, create all kinds of linear floopity patterns (that’s a Lucy-ism) on the brown paper.  You can really do anything, but if you know of something in particular that your gift recipient likes, include a line of some of those—like cats, for example.  I included a line in cursive that says “Happy Birthday Sarah!”, since this gift is going to Sarah for her birthday.



This took a few minutes.  Wrap it on up using tape or glue.  I like the pattern to go diagonally across the box, but if you’re more of the straight-laced-variety, you can align it.


Add a white strip of paper around the thinner part of the box, and then a smaller strip of the same brown paper on top of that. Slip your plant piece underneath—and you’re done!

Recycled Gift Wrap - Easy gift wrapping ideas

Recycled Gift Wrap DIY - Easy gift wrapping ideas

I hope you give it a shot—if so, tag a picture on Instagram or Twitter (@fairivy #HandmadeGiftWrap).  You could probably even create this from random papers sitting in your car, if you’re seriously having a last-minute panic—I may give that a shot next and see what happens!

Anywho, wrap on!

Fair Ivy: Now a Vegan monthly subscription box

Fair Ivy - vegan monthly subscription boxBeen looking for a vegan monthly subscription box?  Well you’re in luck….Fair Ivy is now a vegan-friendly subscription box!

I have been toying with the idea for awhile, but it wasn’t until I started doing some work with the vegan film and recipe company Forks Over Knives that things really started to click.

Fair Ivy is now vegan-friendly.  Get handmade monthly surprises in your mailbox with this vegan monthly subscription box


Vegan Monthly Subscription Box : What does it mean?

Firstly, it does NOT mean:

The move towards Fair Ivy being a vegan-friendly subscription will not change the style, vibe or quality of the items you find in the hand-wrapped gifts mailed out each month.  It also does not mean that the subscription is targeted only at vegans (e.g. you won’t be receiving any vegan cheese!).

It does mean:

What it means that we will not be selecting artists or handmade gifts that are not vegan-friendly.  None of our handmade surprise gifts are made from animal products, nor are tested on animals.  This also includes the gift-wrapping for each of the surprise gifts.

We think this is a positive move towards a healthier and more kind gift box experience, and we are happy our company can make this move for both ourselves and our subscribers.

I hope you enjoy the changes, and would love to hear any feedback you might have on this new concept of our handmade subscriptions now also being a vegan monthly subscription box.

Fair Ivy Owner


Handmade Floral Scarf

Handmade Floral Scarf - one of the surprise gifts that get sent monthly from!

In June, subscribers received a gorgeous floaty handmade floral scarf just in time for summer fashion!  Made by TingLisa, this was our first surprise scarf in a really long time and our first-ever summer scarf!

Shall we open up the package?  Let’s go!







We always love cute handmade stickers or tags.  It really just drives that handmade feeling home!  And that sparkly paper?  Too cute!



Handmade Floral Scarf - one of the surprise gifts that get sent monthly from!


TingLisa’s artist info card reads:

My name is Ting Ting, full time MIT employee, part time Etsy shop owner.  I grew up in an artist house, where my grandfather was an architect; my aunt is a music conductor.  Upon their influence I started making crafts since elementary school, won a few awards in the school district.  When I became adult, I developed tremendous interest in beading and jewelry designing, made a lot of jewelries for friends and coworkers as wedding gifts.  Lately, I shifted my focus into designing fabulous and stylish women’s fashion items.

At TingLisa, I strive to create fun, vibrant, unique and functional fashion accessories.  This month I am very excited to present my newest product—the Cutest Floral Print Scarf.  This light weight scarf is super soft!  It hugs your neck with the gentlest touch and incredible amount of happiness.  I chose this floral print because it is perfect for warmer sunny days, and I designed the scarf wide enough to be worn as a shawl and long enough to tie around your neck twice as an infinity scarf, to create a versatile look.  To see more of my unique creations, please stop by my Etsy store.  Happy Summer!

Handmade Floral Scarf - surprise in the mail from Fair Ivy

Handmade Floral Scarf - surprise in the mail from Fair Ivy

Handmade Floral Scarf - surprise in the mail from Fair Ivy

Handmade Floral Scarf - surprise in the mail from Fair Ivy

Handmade Floral Scarf - surprise in the mail from Fair Ivy

Handmade Floral Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Floral Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Floral Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Floral Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Floral Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Flower Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Flower Scarf - Fair Ivy surprise gift

Handmade Summer Scarf Print - one of Fair Ivy's monthly gifts they mail out!

It’s hard to express in photos just how soft and lovely this scarf is.

So we suggest scooping one up to see—if you weren’t a subscriber in June, head on over to TingLisa to pick one up yourself!

Handmade Silver Pinecone Necklace


This June, our subscribers received a lovely dainty handmade silver pinecone necklace from Song Yee Designs.

Shall we open it up?  Let’s begin with the shipping envelope (A little Did You Know for those of you who aren’t current subscribers: Every surprise comes from a different artist each month, so the way they are shipped and packaged is always different!  That’s why we always show the shipping box/baggie, so you can see how even the way it arrives is a surprise!):





Song Yee’s info card reads:

“Hello! My name is Song Yee and I started making jewelry for myself just for fun, but I enjoyed it so much that I decided to open my online shop in April 2013.  Song Yee Designs is based out of Costa Mesa, CA and features a handmade collection of minimalist and gemstone jewelry.”






Cute natural gift wrapping

Cute natural gift wrapping - Fair Ivy

Natural gift packaging from Fair Ivy





Handmade Silver Pinecone Necklace

Handmade Silver Pinecone Necklace

Handmade Silver Pinecone Necklace


We absolutely adored this addition to the Fair Ivy surprise jewelry collection and heard from a lot of you (and bloggers!) that you guys did too!  And we loved how the packaging even resembled the nature-inspired design! So rest assured—you’ll be seeing a lot more of Song Yee’s wonderful designs in our surprises in the future!

Have a wonderful surprise-filled week!

– the Fair Ivy team

Butter Toki : Handmade Bath Goodies

Handmade bath goodies

There was a time back in Fair Ivy’s history where we sent a new bath product every month.  Since then, we’ve gone a bit more of a variety route, but in May we decided it was time to revisit some handmade bath goodies with a lovely set from Butter Toki.

Let’s dive in and open ‘er up!






We absolutely loved the colors of the branding as well as the wrapping inside.  Very fun and upbeat!







The first product we found was a Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter.  It smells absolutely amazing and is a really sizable amount!




The second goodie we discovered was a Juicy Cherry lip balm.  Somehow this managed to smell even more divine than the first item, and had a wonderful rich pinky color.


Handmade Bath Goodies

Here at Fair Ivy we are suckers for coconuts. Give us a whole coconut and a hammer and we’ll spend all afternoon monkeying around trying to get into it.  Luckily we can get our quick fix now with this Coconut Lip Scrubbie.  It’s great to smooth out rough lips….plus it’s 100% edible, so can double as an afternoon snack.



This semi-mysterious “Jojoba Cube”  has a lovely scent of Enchanting Garden (soft Apricot Blossom, Blue Iris, and Lily of the Valley), and it uses Golden Jojoba Oil as the main active ingredient, making it a wonderful anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, and extra moisturizing agent. Plus—inside the cube there are also tons of jojoba beads for gentle skin exfoliation. 







The artist’s info card reads:

Butter Toki was opened on January 2014 after a long 5 year journey of experimenting and working with the best ingredients suited for the skin.  We truly focus on the art of handmaking products, putting attention to detail on every product made.  Each day, we work hard to complete orders and work on new and exciting items for the Butter Toki customer.  We make sure we truly love every aspect of the products before putting them out in the shop.  We love working with fun and quirky scents while keeping those extra nourishing ingredients as our main focus in all our products, from perfumes to whipped soap and everything in between.

Handmade Bath Goodies

We loved this bath product set from Butter Toki from start to finish and hope you did too!  If you missed out on it and would like to swing by her shop to grab some of her lovely products, head on over here!

Handmade Gold Nugget Necklace

Handmade gold nugget necklace

In May (our last month before our big hiatus), subscribers received this handmade gold nugget necklace from Polished Podge as one of their unique handmade surprises!  We adored it, and heard wonderful things back from our customers as well.

Let’s dive right in to opening one!





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We love the branding on this little package—from the ribbon, flower to even the branded sticker and little insert!  Plus, who doesn’t love to know exactly where things are made?

Goody—we get to open a second box!





Handmade gold nugget necklace

Handmade gold nugget necklace

The big reveal:  this gold nugget necklace was so shiny and exciting, unwrapping the box felt like opening a treasure chest!


The little artist’s info card reads:

This surprise gift has been handmade and delivered to you by Natalie Peters of Polished Podge.  Natalie began her adventures in creating jewelry as a child.  Much later in life with her home overflowing with jewels and findings, Natalie opened up the Polished Podge shop on Etsy in 2012.  She is delighted to be a featured artist with Fair Ivy.

This handmade simple gold necklace was created especially for you.  These golden nuggets hang delicately from a 14k gold filled chain.  Simple and elegant, this necklace adds a touch of sparkle to your everyday wear.  Natalie hopes you enjoy wearing this piece as much as she enjoyed its creation!



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Handmade gold nugget necklace

We hope you enjoyed your jewelry surprise in May, and if you didn’t get a chance to get one—head on over to Polished Podge’s Etsy site to pick one up now!