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