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.
brown paper bag
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.