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.
Recycled Gift Wrapping

Recycled Gift Wrapping

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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, finish by tying tight with colorful ribbon or string.

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

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.

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

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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