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Recycling Wrapping for Presents
I catch a lot of flak at Christmas time (well and on Birthdays) from family members because I like to unwrap my presents VERY slowly. Not to prolong the suspense or anything, but because I want to save the wrapping paper to reuse later on. Since I have been doing this pretty much since I can remember, people are pretty used to it. In fact as they are opening their presents my family will often throw the wrappings at me rather than on the floor to save me the hassle of picking it up. Lol.
I digress. I have heard different views on the idea of reusing wrapping paper and most often people think that it is cheap or that it makes the presents look cheap. Well folks, as the following pictures will show reused wrappings need not look cheap OR shabby.

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  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 1
    Step 1

    Now sometimes the wrapping is really wrinkled from being folded up and stored for a year. Usually you can smooth it out but sometimes I iron it. Make sure to turn te steam off if you do this.

  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 2
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    I reuse old tags as well by cutting off the part that was written on and attaching a new string. If I can, I save the tags that I use one year for the next year and eliminate all of the work. Of course it is easy to make your own tags too from old greeting cards or small pieces of leftover wrapping paper.

  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 3
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    Here is the tag with a new string.

  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 4
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    This is my stash of wired fabric ribbon which I have been collecting for the past 10 years or so. I have bought some of them (on sale) and the rest I received on presents. I also picked up some of it at the Reuse Centre in Edmonton. Wired ribbon is super long lasting and can be used year after year. It also looks really nice on your presents and keeps them from looking shabby.

  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 5
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    And here we have our lovely present with recycled wrapping paper and ribbon.

  • How to make gift wrap. Recycled Wrapping - Step 6
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    As you can see these presents look just as good as any others. Because the ribbons are tied on and not taped and the tags have strings attaching them to the ribbons you don't get the unsightly tears/pieces of tape showing on the top of the present. It also makes it a lot easier to reuse the wrapping paper in the future.
    And in case you were wondering all of the tissue paper is reused as well.
    Merry Christmas!

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J.N. Cahill
J.N. Cahill · 4 projects
Great idea. I usually just use gift bags or baskets (part of someone's gift is a cute basket to keep things in) since I suck at wrapping, but I bet my handy gift-wrapping friend will love this. Thanks. I agree, it's sad that there's so much waste even though the presents do look prettier. Saves money too.
Lydia H.
Lydia H. · 20 projects
Sure some of them do, but the point is that the paper was used more than once. I encourage my family members to reuse the paper as it is really such a HUGE waste. And I never buy new paper. I save whatever my own presents come in and it has grown to quite a stash.
To me, there is no sense in wasting anymore than we already do. Thanks for the interest! Happy
RADGina · 2 projects
lol thats very interesting...why would you go through the trouble of saving it though dont the people that you give the recycled wraping papered gift to just tear into it like its got a magic pony? then youv wasted your time

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