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Saturday 1 January 2022

Recycled Wrapping Paper Gift Bag and Card

Happy New Year to you.  Thank you for taking a look at my little blog of makes.  Your interactions are always very much appreciated and I wish you well for 2022!

A few days ago, I celebrated my Birthday.  One of my friends called round with a present for me wrapped is some beautiful wrapping paper, which had a William Morris design.  I commented on it and she said that she had actually recycled it from a present she had received, saying that she was attempting to recycle as much gift wrappings as possible. 

After I had unwrapped my gift, I put the paper to one side, wonding what I could do with it.  Then inspiration struck.  My friends birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I decided to reuse the pretty wrapping paper.

Some of the paper had been well used.  I started by removing as much sticky tape as I could and then cut off the most tatty areas of the wrapping paper.  I then ironed the paper on a medium heat to try to remove the fold lines from previous use.  There are still a few, but because the pattern is quite busy, it does hide most of them.

I decided I would make a gift bag for her present.  I wasn't really sure where to start, but I did find a little tutorial on-line to help me.  This is the one that I watched.  It was simple enough to create.  I found some co-ordinating ribbon to thread through for the handles.  I then wrapped her gift in the same paper.

I had deliberately retained a large flat area of wrapping paper for the card front, I cut it square, mounted it on some nice grey/green card and then on to a cream card blank.

I'm really happy with the way the trio look and I'm certain my friend will appreciate my recycling efforts too.

Maybe 2022 will be the year of reduce, reuse and recycle for me!


  1. A beautiful trio of makes,the paper is gorgeous Sam,love William Morris designs,your friend will love it

    1. Thank you. I was really happy with the way they turned out x