Cheap wrapping paper always seems like such a waste to me. My children are well past the age where it can be recycled into a crafty something involving glue, backing paper and the occasional feather or piece of coloured aluminium foil. These days it seems to be discarded quickly and given my local council's predilection for thrusting ever diminishing rubbish bins upon its residents (the new bin size will be 80 litres, tricky indeed for a family of five), I'm quite determined that we throw away as little a possible. Now that we have a birthday upon us and the soon to be Miss 12 has insisted that she wants all things crafts - she takes after her mother it seems - I thought I could be environmentally friendly while using up some fat quarters and a bit of trim which she could use later.
You will need
- A selection of fat quarters or pieces of fabric, quantity will depend on the size of the present to be wrapped.
- Ribbon or fabric trim
I chose two Willow pattern fabrics that I had picked up from one of our local discount stores a few months earlier and some trim purchased for a project a couple of years ago that was never used.
I used one piece of fabric to wrap the present with a little tape at the corners to hold in place. The fabric was a little too small to cover the whole box, but when I used the contrasting fabric as a centre piece, it covered any bits that were showing at the back. Tie trim in place and you're finished.
The contents of the present can't be revealed just yet, but it's something my parents picked up when they were visiting last year and we've been storing it ever since. It's perfectly crafty and Miss soon-to-be-12 is going to love it...and if I'm lucky I might get to try it out too!