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.
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.
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.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008