Thursday, January 1, 2009

How to Recycle Christmas Wrapping Paper

If you bake during the holidays, and use nuts in your recipes, save your nut containers and lids. After the holidays, collect and save Christmas wrap, bows, and ribbons. With these simple items you can reuse them into gift containers for cookies, candies and small gift items.


-empty nut can and lid (or similar) washed and dried

-leftover Christmas wrapping paper

-recycled ribbons and bows from Christmas gift giving

-ruler (optional)
-white glue, clear tape, or glue stick

STEP 1: Measure the width of the can you will be covering and cut a piece of recycled wrapping paper to fit around the can.

STEP 2: Glue the wrapping paper around the can and let dry. Clear tape or a glue stick can also be used.

STEP 3: Top the lid with a bow or ribbon with clear tape.

STEP 4: If you have recycled ribbons, wired ribbon, or rick rack, tie a piece around the can, just under the lid. You can easily tie on a gift tag made from recycled items such as a card or paper, to the top of the can.

STEP 5: Fill the can with recycled tissue paper for a gift, or line the can with waxed paper, or plastic bag for edible homemade gifts.

TIPS: Make several of these after the holidays and pack them in with your Christmas Decorations. Make a note in your planner or on your calendar that you have them and where they are stored. At the approach of the next holiday season you are already one step ahead for gift giving boxes, and you will feel better because you helped save the landfill from these items. Take one step further and ask your gift recipients to give the cans back and you will gladly fill them again with a homemade treat the following year. Recycle Christmas cards by cutting a circle from the front of the card, and gluing it or taping it to the top of the lid in place of a bow.


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