It's that time of the year again when people wrap lots of stuff inside a paper just to give that to someone else who will throw that paper right in to a trash can. What a waste! Think how big trash piles that will get us!
That's right. So just like last year, remember to use the old gift bags anew this year and to save the ones you get for later use.
But just in case you don't have any old gift bags around, but you happen to have this wonderful wall calendar that's closing to its end, here are few tips to be a good recycling person.
I had this wonderful calendar with art works of Alphonse Mucha on it, and I wouldn't even dream to throw it away. So I needed a good way to make something new out of it... Gift wraps! That's right. Let's see...
If you don't want the gift-getter to know what you did in the month used, remember to glue a blank paper over the days!
The paper of calendars is usually strong, so it won't break as easily as normal gift wrap paper, but if you bent it, it will show on the paper, so don't press the bents hard unless you are sure you want that bent there!
YOU WILL NEED:
Tape or glue
Ribbon (for 3rd and 4th)
Scissors (for 3rd and 4th)
A hole punch (for 3rd and 4th)
1st Technique: Ordinary Wrap
Put the gift in the middle and bend the paper over.
Bend the top and bottom in and tape.
As you might have noticed, the paper wasn't big enough, so I needed to put in some extra white, which gave room for writing a small note to.
Ta-dah! First one down, and it's as pretty as can be!
2nd Technique: A Slim Bag
Bend the paper so that the seam is on the middle of the back side, and so that the halves overlap as in the picture above.
This technique works well on tall, slim pictures like this.
Bend the bottom horizontally.
Next, bend as follows:
Yes, those are my socks.
Looking like this after the bents. Now, you can tape/glue the back seam.
Leaving the triangularish bents inside the pouch it should look like this.
Bend the top inwards to get a clean look. Tape/glue.
After that, it should look like this. Now bend the bottom flaps over themothers and tape/glue tightly.
Puncture the top part for the handles. Cut some ribbon, put it through the punctures and make knots on the ends, so that the ribbon won't slide through.
And the slim bag is ready to go!
3rd Technique: Gift Pouchy
Start the same way as before. Bend so that the back seam is on the back, and the parts are overlapping.
Bend the bottom horizontally, to get a "help line".
Make two bents (A) on both sides of the side seams. About 1,5-2cm from the side lines.
Cut a triangle so that the top of it is on the side line, and the cuts go from there to where the A lines and the "help line" meet. Now the help line should be the bottom of the triangle. Don't mind my weirdly red fingers, it's just the lights, nothing serious *cough*.
Bend as shown. And yeah, yeah, I have messed up my nail stripes, but you don't need to notice that.
Looks like this from above.
Glue/ Tape the back seam.
The bottom is looking like this? Good.
Bend and tape/glue the rough lines away.
Bend the first half of bottom down to form the bottom of the bag, and tape/glue the triangular parts on it tightly.
Tape/glue the other half of the bottom on it, and the bottom part should be all ready to go!
Bent the top part backwards to close the pouch (just like some tea bags you see sold on stores).
The third one is hereby ready!
4th Technique: 3D Bag
Follow the 3rd technique to the end, but bend the top part inside the bag.
Do like we did in 2nd technique's end: puncture holes for handles, put ribbons in, remember the knots, and...
the 3D bag is ready!
No, the picture doesn't show one, haha, but imagine handles on that one!
And there we are. Pretty and original gift hiders. And you will always get points for selfmade gifts. And more points for being nature-friendly. And think about it, a pretty wrap can be the card as well. Or the receiver could put the picture in frames and on the wall!
Now, don't you dare to throw those calendars away as this year ends!
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