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Proper Green: Wrapping Paper Wreath

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Extend the holiday season by reusing your wrapping paper scraps and turning them into a great holiday wreath. Here’s how!
Dear Proper Green,

How can I make a wreath with recycled gift wrapping paper?

-Linda C.



Dear Linda C.,

This question comes just in time: You’re probably rolling in the extra wrapping paper, and you still have time to make the wreath and enjoy it this season! There are a ton of easy, neat-looking wreaths you can make with all of your extra wrapping paper, and the fact that this DIY project promotes reuse makes it one of our favorites.

Here’s one of the easiest wreaths you can make:

  1. Grab a wire hanger and your extra wrapping paper.
  2. Shape the wire hanger into a circle (it doesn’t have to be perfect).
  3. Cut your extra paper into strips. They don’t have to be even, but our recommendation is to make the strips about 1”W x 10”H.
  4. Now, take an individual strip of paper. Fold it in half over a part of the circular wire, and twist the two halves of the paper to tighten the strip closer to the wire. Do this until the wreath is full.
  5. Use the hanger to display your wreath.

If you tackle this project, let us know how it turns out!

What crafty projects have you done with leftover holiday décor? Let us know in the comments below!
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Proper Green is Recyclebank's green advice column. From promoting good manners in a green world (because ideas about what constitutes proper behavior and the environment are still evolving) to providing easy ways to make your every day more sustainable, Proper Green aims to help smooth the way with answers to questions that are important to you!

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  • tommy b. 11 months ago
    Today
  • Ruth C. 11 months ago
    I need a picture of a done project.
  • Donna C. 11 months ago
    Many years ago we made wreaths from plastic bags. Ones from the dry cleaners, because this was before plastic shopping bags! We also made Christmas trees by folding the all the pages of a magazine into cone shape and painting silver or gold, put small colored balls on it and a star on top. We made a lot of handmade ornaments too. String popcorn garlands, pine cones, milk weed pods, paper snow flakes. Do kids do this any more?
  • Gina L. 11 months ago
    This project looked great once completed. However, it is not a wreath you are able to keep using year after year. The paper either dries up or becomes damp and moldy depending upon storage.
  • barb c. 3 years ago
    ok
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