I have recently fallen in love with the book Ruby Star Wrapping, and loved the idea of taking a cereal box and turning it inside out to create an upcycled gift boxed. To cut open the box, I simply cut open one side and taped the edges back together. The flap and slot still works just like normal!
To deck out the natural cardboard box, I added embellishments like a bingo sheet (from an old game I picked up at a garage sale for 25 cents), buttons as bingo markers, baker’s twine and raffle tickets.
For my second project, I wrapped a stocking stuffer in packing material, which was reused from a recent shipment. I then used some wrapping paper scraps and accordion folded them to make a fan shape. I tied the center with thread and knotted it on one side. Then I wrapped the bottom with patterned masking tape and added some sparkly berries from my box of Christmas tree decorations. Voila!
The whole idea of the projects inside this book is to repurpose materials in your wrapping and create keepsakes that are meaningful to receive because they look so beautiful! Fabric scraps can be sewn into reusable gift bags, added on top of presents for embellishments and and used to tie on gift tags. Old boxes, vintage game boards and recycled paper make great upcycled gift wrap. The books author’s, Melody Miller and Allison Tannery, have a way with ribbon, embellishments and ephemera that captures colors, texture and dimension beautifully.
Have you tried any of the ideas from this book? We’d love to see your creative holiday gift wrap ideas!