gift pendant

twelve days of recycled gift wrap | yellow spool

Today is all about a bonus gift!  By tying on a simple pendant or charm, you’re giving a gift wrapped with a gift.  You can use any pendant, but the tutorial for this cork pendant is found over at U-Create today!

With a simple cork and some glue, you can make a beautiful and simple pendant of your own.  Will you wear it in your hair?  Around your neck? As a pin? Attach it to a bag or zipper?

All of the above.

So be sure to jump over to U-Create for today’s recycled tutorial.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

plaid goodie jar

You always have just a small handful of people that you’d like to give a little something each holiday season.  Maybe extended family, or neighbors?  You fill their sugar quota every year, it’s no surprise to anyone, so there’s no need to package it inconspicuously.  It’s delicious, show it off!

This plaid jar is simple without being lazy.

MATERIALS NEEDED

mason jar (with lid)
rubber bands

INSTRUCTIONS

① Take the lid off of the mason jar and arrange rubber bands around the width of the jar.
② Weave rubberbands over and and under vertically.  Don’t worry about keeping it perfectly lined up as you go, you can go back and straighten it up when you’re finished weaving.
③ Carefully put the lid back on.

I’m a sucker for plaid. Even if it’s neutral.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

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fabric wrap

This gift wrap is perfect for the fabric lover.  Especially if you’ve been meaning to downsize your own fabric stash anyway, like I always seem to be.  It’s simple, elegant, and quick.  Hip, hip, HOORAY.

MATERIALS NEEDED

large fabric scrap
clothespin

INSTRUCTIONS

① Wrap gift in a box, and lay the box centered and diagonal on the fabric.
② Bring up three corners of the fabric and hold in place.
③ Use the fourth corner to wrap around the other sides tightly a few times.
④ Secure with a clothespin.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

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weave wrap

When I think of recycled gift wrap, the first thing that comes to mind is using recycled paper (brown bags, newspapers, etc.) as wrapping paper. This weave wrap is my variation on the classic brown paper package.

MATERIALS NEEDED

brown paper bag
ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS

① Take the bag apart at the glued seams and cut into strips
② Wrap strips around the box in one directions, taping at the ends.
③ Weave strips in the opposite direction: over, under, over, under. Shift strips to hide the tape when finished.

The weaved effect is interesting on it’s own, but it can also be finished with ribbon. And, if you’re going for a more recycled look, use strips that show print from the bag.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

the can-can gift wrap

I’m very selective about which books I let my kids look through unsupervised (usually only thrifted books) because, while I love letting them explore and spend time with their nose in a book, they can be a bit careless.  I’ve found books with scribbles, missing pages, and even realized too little too late once that Lenna had brought a book with her to play with in the bathtub.  Sometimes it’s just something you look over, and other times the book just isn’t the same.  When that’s the case, I try to remember to pull out some of the good pages before getting rid of the book.

This wrapping idea can be done with newspaper, magazines, maps, book pages, or even standard gift wrap.  Finding the right paper is most of the fun!  As you probably guessed, I used a page salvaged from an old book, and I think it turned out perfect!

The fact that it’s wrapped in a can makes for a fun moroccan thing when someone shakes it to guess what’s inside!

MATERIALS NEEDED

clean can
recycled paper of some form (book page, newspaper, etc.)
ribbon/twine

INSTRUCTIONS

① Use a bowl to trace and cut out a circle from the recycled paper larger than the circumference of the can.
② Set the paper on top of the can and fold it down, holding it in place temporarily with a rubber band.  Mine is off-centered for an asymmetrical look.
③ Wrap the ribbon/twine around the can several times and tie if off tightly with a bow.  Remove the rubber band.

Reduce. Reuse. Wrap.

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