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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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  • Hana A. 13 days ago
    Thanks, but can you guys post up some photos, esp. the finished pics. Would be helpful and encouraging to make.
  • VIRGINIA L. 1 month ago
    Since it is fall and all those beautiful colored leaves are coming down. Go for a walk and pick up the beautiful colored ones. Get some wax paper and between 2 sheets iron your leaves one at a time. Let them sit for awhile till they all cool and make a wreath out of them. Or you can u.se them to decorate your table for dinner, especially Thanksgiving dinner, be creative I am sure you can find other things to make.
  • tommy b. 1 year ago
    Today
  • Ruth C. 1 year ago
    I need a picture of a done project.
  • Donna C. 1 year 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?
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