What better way to gift wrap used books than with repurposed papers from around the house?
I didn't have any gift wrap (besides Christmas patterns) and the kids needed something to do. I took a large sheet of drawing paper off the easle and laid it out on the dining room table with crayons. Kids love knowing their art is a gift.
Meanwhile, I tried a new Pinterest project: making gift bows out of magazine pages. Here's a great pin to get started. The green bow pictured above was my first attempt and it didn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes once I had all the supplies:
- colorful magazine pages
- stapler (I used a lot of staples)
- school glue
I used one magazine page per bow. I cut six strips from each page (trimming off the torn edge). I used three full-length strips, cut an inch off two strips, and used one for the center loop. Each strip is twisted to form a loop on each end, and stapled in the center. I stapled the layers together and then used one dot of glue to secure the center loop. If you are interested in step-by-step instructions, the pin I linked to above has great photos.
Here's my collection so far. Creating your own gift wrap really makes you consider the materials that go into the piles of wrapping and trimmings we toss out during the holidays. I tried to find video online of how gift bows are made, but instead I came up with hundreds of how-tos for DIY bows. Here is article on Earth911 about wrapping paper and it's impact.