bread tie gift tag

twelve days of recycled gift wrap | yellow spool

Shipping tags are a big deal right now. So, the last of my recycled gift wrap ideas is a variation on just such a tag.

MATERIALS NEEDED

cardboard
2 plastic bread tags
glue

INSTRUCTIONS

① Cut a piece of cardboard to the size you’d like your tag, and cut a small square off the top (no bigger than the bread tag).
② Glue around the edges of that square cut.
③ Place one bread tie on either side of the square cut.


Then just write who it’s to/from, and clip it onto your gift!

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

decoder gift tag

People have all sorts of tricks for keeping their kids from snooping before Christmas.  This decoder gift tag can be one way to keep young kids from figuring out which gifts are theirs.  Even if that’s not why you use them, it makes for a fun aspect of the gift wrap.  We all need just a little quirk in our lives, right?

diy decoder gift tag

MATERIALS NEEDED

gift tag printable (type names in before printing)
milk carton/ transparent plastic
red permanent marker

INSTRUCTIONS

① Color a block of red onto a milk carton using red permanent marker.
② Cut out a small circle “decoder” within that marking.
③ Type the names into the decoder tag document found HERE and print.
④ Use the decoder to read the tag.

diy decoder gift tag

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

bubble sheet gift tag

Sometimes the gift wrapping itself is best left plain, to give all attention to the tag.  The rest of the gift wrap ideas in the series will focus on just that.  I’m really excited about this idea because I’m a nerd and I love taking tests.  When I find myself walking on a University campus, or even the office supply aisle at the store, it makes me miss school.  So, in honor of the geek within, I present to you the Bubble Sheet Gift Tag.

MATERIALS NEEDED

gift tag printable
pencil
(optional) toilet paper roll

INSTRUCTIONS

① Print out the gift tag printable front-to-back.
② Fill out each side: “To” and “From”
③ (Optional) Fold a toilet paper roll in half and use it as a sleeve for the tag.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

gift card pouch

Is it weird to wrap a gift with the very thing that used to house your toilet paper?

Don’t know, don’t care.  This gift card holder is cute and reusable.  But most importantly, the cute part.

MATERIALS NEEDED

toilet paper roll
zipper
hot glue gun
(optional) ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS

① Fold the roll in half and cut a slit part-way down the side.
② (Optional) Glue ribbon over the spiraled seam on the roll.
③ Set the zipper in place and glue the outer edges of the zipper to the inner edge of the roll.  Be sure to tuck the ends carefully while glueing.
④ Cut the tail of the zipper off and glue heavily over the teeth so they don’t come apart.
⑤ Glue the bottom end of the roll closed.

It turns out, a toilet paper roll fits a gift card PERFECTLY.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

boot sock wrap

Someday I’m going to find some explanation for our ever-growing pile of lonely socks.  It doesn’t stop me from matching them up into random pairs… because cold feet don’t care.  That said, it’s always great to find ways to make use of spare socks.

Tangent: I just discovered that people sell socks in sets of threes now, so you have a spare for your pair.  I can’t decide if I think that’s genius, or if I’d just find myself waiting to lose that specific sock so that I don’t have that obnoxious third anymore.  Thoughts?

But we’re here to talk about gift wrap.  Focus, Stace.

MATERIALS NEEDED

1 boot sock
long, narrow box

INSTRUCTIONS

① Put box in sock and pull snug.
② Angle the end of the sock down and across the front of the box.
③ Wrap the end of the sock around the back of the box.
④ Tuck the end of the sock under the fold on the front of the box and tighten as needed.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.