I just did an experiment! It took an average of 17 seconds for Miss Possum to unwrap some pretend presents I prepared for her. So, if it takes only that amount to rip off pieces of paper, then why are we, firstly, wasting our money and secondly, wasting paper? I know some of us like our wrapped presents looking spectacular (like me) but here’s a way to make your own wrapping paper, recycle your newspapers and still have them looking stunning!
Making recycled wrapping paper
It’s so easy! We used recycled cardboard to make a stamp first. All you need to do is draw or copy a shape onto some thick cardboard and then cut it out. Using another little piece of cardboard, bend it in half and then stick it onto the shape to make a handle. You can use old sponges for this activity too.
Just lay the newspaper on a flat surface, add some paint to the stamp and firmly press the stamp down on the newspaper. Do this all over the newspaper and then dry it on the clothes line.
Recycled wrapping paper decorating ideas
We like to use real ribbons on our recycle-wrapped gifts. These ribbons can be used again, whereas the disposable ribbons usually get thrown away with the wrapping paper. We also decorated the gift with our wildlife Christmas tags. They made a nice addition to the gift.
Here are some other examples of recycled newspaper gift decorations:
Giving the Gift
We’ve tried this activity before for birthday present wrapping paper and it was a real hit with the receiver. The child tore through her presents, ripping open her gifts at full speed, but when she came to our recycle-wrapped gift she had a good look at it first and then took her time to unwrap it.
This is such a nice activity for children. They get to make something special for family or friends, learn about recycling and have a fun activity to keep them occupied for the afternoon, plus you’re saving money and reducing waste to help the environment!