Introduction: ReWrap - Recycled Wrapping Paper and Bow From Scrap Paper

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Turn scrap paper into wrapping paper in a few easy steps. You can use almost anything for the scrap paper - like pages from a book of sheet music, comics books, maps, and more. There's no need wrap gifts with new paper. The wrap can even be a slight hint to what's inside. And better yet - maybe the gift inside is handmade or recycled.

To make this you'll need:
scrap paper, tape, scissors, ruler, stapler

Step 1: Cut Strips for the Bow.

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To make the bow, cut 4 strips of paper to 8.5" long x .75" wide. Then cut one piece to 4" long x .75" wide.

Step 2: Staple the First Part of the Bow

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Take 2 of the long strips and loop over onto each other. Stack the 2 pieces on top of each other and arrange at at 90 degree angle. Staple the pieces together in the center. Repeat for the 2 other strips.

Step 3: Staple the Whole Bow Together

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Take the short piece, loop it around and stack it on top of the stapled pairs from step 2. Staple all of these pieces together and you've made yourself a recycled bow!

Step 4: Wrap Your Gift in Recycled Scrap Wrapping Paper

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Use recycled scrap paper to wrap your package - like pages from a book of sheet music, comics books, magazine pages, snack food bags, and more.


SuzanneT36 made it! (author)2016-12-16

I made this using printable wrapping paper and I think it turned out really cute. I added a few twirly 'ribbons' that I curled with the edge of my scissors. Love it!

ifda123 made it! (author)2016-12-12

These instructions saved me from making a run to the store for 1 last minute bow! Super easy to follow instructions. Thank you so much! Definitely doing this again. Now it's off to the Yule Ball for gift exchanges :D

ArinM1 (author)2015-12-10

My bow sucks for my toilet paper gift.


uncz1978 (author)2015-08-16

I like this. Going to use old wrapping paper that is probably 40 years old.

I probably experiment with bigger dimensions.

bonitaharland (author)2012-12-20

looks amazing!! mums birthday tomorrow and have a present but no wrapping paper! Thankyou soo much for the idea!!!

SageFire (author)2011-05-18

Thanks this is great! I just wrapped up a present quick and it looks so cute. Way better then buying gift wrap if you just need to wrap up a small gift.

cwise10 (author)2010-11-26

that is an awesome thing to do with wrapping paper!

ninjacow258 (author)2010-01-03

nice. I tried it and it turned out better than most other ones that I've done.

Lori Ell (author)2009-03-28

tfs it looks different too

patmac (author)2008-12-24

Don't know why I never thought of this. I very rarely use purchased gift wrap, so this bow is perfect for me. I have made many of them this Christmas and my wrapped gifts look very festive. Thank you.

tufteach (author)2008-12-22

Easy and fun. Shiny, colorful magazine pages work well and look festive. For a DIYer and "green" nut, this is great idea.

spiffytessa (author)2008-12-19

Amazing idea! I LOVE the way these look.

lc2u27 (author)2008-12-12

Cool idea. I print business cards for clients and now I know what I can do with all the offcut strips of cardboard.

dcgirl (author)2008-12-10

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

TippyStClair (author)2008-12-08


jauncourt (author)2008-07-31

I've done this for years with old calendar pages and magazines and posters (and reused wrapping papers). Thanks for making such a nice straightforward instructable of it! yay!

yourface101 (author)2008-07-11

all i have to say is: w0w. great idea! ill trie it out soon.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-15

Awesome job, I might try this out when I need to, it looks really colorful!

canida (author)2008-01-15

I've seen those done with plain paper before and never understood the bother, but with colored scrap they look fantastic! Great suggestion.

PocketSized (author)2008-01-15

I'm always looking for ways to save on money, and be original, on someone's birthday.
=] You've provided me with both of them.

Nice Instructable

golics (author)2008-01-14

Really nice :) Good job !

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Bio: I'm a design junkie and I remake old stuff into new!
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