- brown paper bags
- old book pages
- old greeting cards
- magazine pages
- atlas pages
- last year's calendar pages
- toilet paper/ paper towel rolls (no joke, they come out GREAT!)
My two favorites are using greeting cards and toilet paper/ paper towel rolls, so I decided to share how I use them. First up: Greeting card boxes :)
Greeting Card Gift Boxes
greeting cards of your choice
mono adhesive (snail tape)
x-acto knife (or scissors)
paper scorer (or something fine yet dull... ballpoint pen with pointy pen cap?)
Step 1: Select a Card
Step 2: Trim one flap
Step 3:Score the other flap to make a tab
Step 4: Cut The Curved Side-tabs
If you don't have a fancy schmancy curved ruler, you can trace something round or make yourself a template. You want the curve to be somewhat soft, so definitely not a semi-circle. (I used the #5 groove in this ruler) It's really important that the curve is precisely centered on the side of the card!!!
Step 5: Score the inner curves
Step 6: "Assemble" the box
You can get fancy too...
Toilet Paper Roll Gift Boxes
toilet paper roll/ paper towel roll/ wrapping paper tube
glue or Mod Podge
a piece of paper to cover - a magazine page, a map, newspaper, etc.
Step 1: Cut The Paper to Size
Trim the piece of paper to just slightly wider than the length of the roll. The paper should hang off the edges of the roll by about a millimeter.
Step 2: Cover the Tube in Glue
Step 3: Add the Paper
From there, gently press the paper to the roll one inch at a time, focusing on the center of the roll and pressing out the the sides. This will keep bubbles to a minimum. Once you reach the end, allow the paper to overlap slightly and secure with a generous strip of glue.
Step 4: How to Close the Ends
Just like the Greeting Card Box, we will make inward tabs for the ends' closures. It's a lot easier here :)
Place your gift inside through the other side of the tube and close that side up the same way.
These are super easy, economical, environmentally sound and really fun to make.
Inspired to get creative with reused wrapping materials? I'd love to hear about it!