Recycled Gift Wrap

Part of the fun of receiving an imaginatively wrapped gift is guessing what might be underneath the wrapping. Follow our steps to create a wrapped gift using repurposed materials for a look that is beautiful but easier on the environment.

From: DK Books - Greener

Christmas Gift Wrap

Recycled Gift Wrapping

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Green tip: Avoid using tape because paper can't be reused if it's covered in tape. Instead, secure paper with ribbon, twine, raffia or string.

Materials Needed:

  • cardboard box large enough to hold the gift
  • sheet of previously used gift wrap or fabric, ironed on a low setting to eliminate creases
  • organic embellishments (leaves, berries or cinnamon stick)

Step 1

Put gift in the box; shapes with flat, angular sides are easier to wrap neatly. Place box in the center of paper.

Use Recycled Box and Paper to Wrap Gift

Recycled Christmas Gift Wrap

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Fold two sides of the paper over the box so they overlap. Wrap string around the box and tie it in a knot to hold the folded paper in place.

Simple Gift Wrap Idea

Recycled Gift Wrap

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Fold the paper carefully at each end of the box: press the paper neatly in toward the center to create two triangular flaps at either end.

Simple Gift Wrap Method

Gift Wrapping

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Fold down the flaps so they overlap. Wrap string over the flaps to hold them in place. Turn the box over and secure the string with a bow. Add an colorful organic element for a decorative touch.

Decorative Twine Makes the Package

Festive Gift Wrap

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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