Well it’s getting closer to Christmas every day and maybe some of you are super organised and are ready to wrap lots of gifts. But before you start, why not approach your wrapping from a recycling point of view.
OK so expensive wrapping paper is lovely but waste paper can be equally as nice if you use it in the right way. I often wrap my gifts in plain brown wrapping paper, because I love it’s simplicity, and then embellish using ribbons, coloured string, wire or coloured pages from magazines.
Here’s a short tutorial on how to make something you’d normally throw in the recycling bin into something really lovely to decorate your wrapped gifts – A gift bow made from the page of a magazine.
What you’ll need:
– a page from a magazine
– a pencil
– a sharp craft knife
– a ruler
– a glue stick
Take your magazine page and along the top edge mark out and divide the page into 10 parts – I did nine strips 1.5cm wide and the last strip 2cm wide.
Cut the page so you end up with 10 strips and then split these into three pile of three and leave the widest strip on it’s own. Next leave the first pile of three intact. Take the next three strips and cut 3cm off the top of them. With the remaining three strips cut 6cm off the top of them. Cut the widest strip so that it’s approx 8cm long.
Discard all the off cuts.
Next you need to start shaping the bow elements. So take one of the longest strips and curve it round to the center so you form a loop at one end – kind of like a ribbon.
Take the other end and do the same so you create a figure of eight shape. Secure the ends with glue and then secure the back and front of the figure of eight with glue in the middle.
Do the same with the remaining strips, but keep them organised so that the same sizes are kept together. With the widest strip, simply curl the ends over and glue so you get a small cylinder shape.
Next start forming the gift bow by taking the largest set of ‘figure of eights’ and glue the middles together so they form a flower. Follow the same procedure for the remaining two sets until you have three identical flowers in decreasing sizes.
You then take the middle sized flower and stick it in the center of the largest flower.
Then take the smallest and stick that in the center of those.
You are then left with a gap in the middle to glue your final piece.
And viola – a lovely gift bow made from waste materials – doesn’t it look pretty!
But don’t stop there – why not try different types of paper to recycle?
Like vintage music…
or even your expensive wrapping paper – no example here as I don’t buy expensive wrapping paper! Go one – go and be creative and see what you come up with. Let me see the results by emailing me pics (info@) or posting me a message on Facebook.