by Becca, Main Library
Did you know that a lot of wrapping paper isn’t recyclable? Wrapping paper is often layered with plastic to give it that shiny look and feel. If your wrapping paper has glitter, foil, or sequins, it’s even worse!
Next time you receive a gift, save your wrapping paper! We have an awesome, easy craft that you can do at home to save your wrapping paper and also send messages to your loved ones.
Today we’re going to make DIY envelopes out of used wrapping paper! You can make upcycled envelopes out of anything - from newspapers, magazines, damaged books, old school assignments, and more!
The first thing you will need to do is find an envelope that you like. You can make these upcycled envelopes in any shape and size as long as you have a template. I used this envelope pictured here because I love the shape of the fold in the back:
Next, carefully take the envelope apart. If the glue is really firm, you can soak your envelope in water for a few seconds, take it apart, and then let it dry. Now you have your envelope template!
Use this template to trace the same shape onto the wrapping paper you are reusing.
Cut out your envelope shape, make your folds, and use some glue to recreate the envelope.
It’s that easy! Aren’t these envelopes great?
We hope you write some letters to your loved ones wrapped in these beautiful upcycled envelopes.
Happy Earth Month! Keep reducing, reusing, upcycling, and recycling whenever you can!
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