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

Recycled Gift Wrapping

Recycled Gift Wrapping

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Recycled Christmas Gift Wrap

Recycled Christmas Gift Wrap

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Recycled Gift Wrap

Recycled Gift Wrap

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrapping

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Festive Gift Wrap

Festive Gift Wrap

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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