Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ReWrap-up; Peace, Love and Joy

Sorry for the silence these last few days... but my attention has unfortunately been dragged away from pleasant things like this blog.

I don't want to focus on it too much here but my happy little city was hit with some very tragic events a few days ago. You can follow this link to get the story. Needless to say our thoughts, prayers and attentions have been with the people effected most by this. And we are all trying to figure out how to make our homes, neighbors homes and the city in general feel safe enough to sleep again at night.

I promised a few more wrapping paper reuse crafts this week so I'm posting two tonight. To touch on something so tragic and then switch to a happy go lucky craft project is a hard segue. I guess the only think I can say about this first project is the sentiment means a bit more now than it did a few days ago when I first sketched this card out.

Now onto the crafts!

Reuse your wrapping paper to make... well gifts. Tiny little boxes for use on a card.

I cut a few squares of cardboard from a clothing gift box and wrapped them in leftover wrapping paper. With a bit of thin decorative wire I made bows.

The tags say Peace, Love and Joy.

Inside I put this message-

It'll be a great holiday card for next year.

I can also see this as a Thank You for a lovely gift, a Happy Birthday Card or a Gift Card Holder (Or literally a Gift Card- Card). I know, I know, my humor is so good you're resisting the urge to hit the back button on your browser right now aren't you.

My second reuse for conventional wrapping paper is a snowflake kaleidoscope.

The book pictured here is one I found in a used book shop.
It's called the snowflake by Libbrecht/Rasmussen.

Here are my directions for how to make a kaleidoscope from a mailing tube- another great reuse for throw-away materials!

And if you missed it- here's my first post on wrapping reuse: making a frame.

I'm not sure if I'll have another post this weekend or not- but I'll most certainly be back on Monday with a Cupkins post for January!

A Happy, Happy and Safe New Year to you all!


  1. Great ideas Meg ... like the idea of the kaleidoscope !

    Thanks for the comments on my blog and Happy New Year to you and yours! I just got the new school year off to a great start by reversing my car into a telegraph pole!

  2. Oh, what a lovely idea. And I have just thrown out all the little scraps of left-over Christmas gift-wrap *doh*... Have to file this idea for next year, though! So creative!


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