DIY Recyclable Christmas Gift Wrap is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Did you know that not all wrapping paper is recyclable? Where we live if it doesn’t stay in a ball when you scrunch it up or has sticky tape on it then you can not put it in our recycling bin.
We don’t give a lot of gifts, so I like to concentrate on making the few we give, wrapping them with care and being a little bit extra!
Since the boys’ were little we have made our own Christmas gift wrap, which has always been ecological and recyclable. However, this year we are taking things a step further by using Bostik Tape Disks as an alternative to sticky tape. These eco-friendly paper tape discs are translucent, acid-free and recyclable. Plus no scissors are needed.
This year I decided to up my wrapping game by upcycling simple brown paper and go with a single colour (if black is a colour) scheme. I wanted it to be chic, grown-up and unisex. But most of all I wanted for people to be able to make it without any special tools, plus using what I already had at home.
I am a big fan of potato prints. They are easy to do and look great. The secret to a good potato print is to use a cookie cutter to make the pattern you want to print. No more faffing about trying to carve your own design!
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DIY Recyclable Christmas Gift Wrap
- Roll Brown Paper
- Ink stamp or paint Black
- Bakers Twine
- Card or paper Black
- Bostik Tape Disks
For the Wrapping Paper
Cut your potato in half and push your chosen cookie cutter firmly into the potato half. Then with a sharp knife cut a slice of the potato around the cookie cutter and then remove it. Press your potato onto to kitchen paper to get rid of the excess starch.
Lay your kraft paper across a long surface such as a dining table or the floor. Tape or weigh the ends. Then squeeze a small amount of paint onto a plate and use your potato to spread it thinly. Dab your potato stamp into the paint lifting it to make sure the stamp is evenly covered with a thin layer of paint. We were using an old stamp pad so just pressed the potato into this.
Now you can stamp your design to your heart's content. We did two sizes of trees for different sized gifts.
Allow your paper to dry before rolling it up and moving on to a new area.
For the Topper
Trace around your chosen size cookie cutter on to black card or paper and then cut out.
Cut two slits in the tree to pass your baker's twine through.
I found the Bostik Tape Disks really easy to use and they stuck really firmly too. No scissors or cuting and they are recyclable too. How perfect is that.
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