Tube Wrap Recycling

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When you have a tube to wrap, you are given an excellent opportunity to use up the small scraps of wrapping paper you have saved. Not only do you get the benefits of this recycling, you also get a speedy wrap. Start anywhere. Add contrasting pieces of paper; fold the edges and let those edges overlap the previous piece. Add ribbons, too. I added a circle of paper over the many folds that close the top. A bow on the top finishes the top.

Bottle-cap Star

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I made this star as a gift for my brother Michael. I save my bottle caps grouped by kind in separate containers. This allows me to design  with them easily. Bottle caps are circles; thus they tile on a hex grid. I make a paper drawing first, using a 30-60-90 triangle to create the hexagonal forms.

I have made bottle-cap medallions that I applied to the kitchen cabinets of our cabin. Click here to take a peek at them.

Ribbon Wrap with Pearls

cylinder-214When I’m running out of wrap time, I reach for ribbon and tissue. In this case I wrapped a tin of coffee with a large white ribbon, which covered the entire tin. I capped it with a piece lime-green tissue. The third layer is a piece of red paper folded into a “ribbon.” The folding gives this quasi-ribbon a satisfying dimension and a softened edge.

Then I added the string of molded plastic pearls, using occasional very-tiny dabs of hot glue to keep it in position. I finished it with a red pre-fab bow.

This simple banded design has a  variety of textures. The result is very pleasing, especially considering that it took very little time and no planning. I just started and kept adding until the wrap declared its completion.

Wrap Art Under the Tree

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This photo was taken by Canyon Boak in 2008. It shows a variety of wrap art, including, from the left, a brown-paper folded-band weave, a foam blueberry-box wrap, a robot wrap, a coconut-half on foam with ribbon wrap, and a somewhat traditional looking cross-ribbon wrap using folded recycled-paper for the big “ribbons” under the real ribbons.

You can see some of these wraps by clicking this link.

Wrap Synergy

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I have already posted the two separate wraps you see in this image (December 25 and 30, 2009). When these two wraps went under the tree, I suddenly saw that they were meant for each other. So, without the need for any additional fastening technologies, they rested one atop the other until Christmas morning, when they went their separate ways.

It is perhaps not so surprising that they would go together, a head and some legs. But I was pleasantly surprised at this amusing synergy arising from this year’s theme of animal wraps.

Simulating a Common Christmas Toy

lego-212This is a quick wrap if you have been saving your carton-caps from milk or juice cartons. Wrap the gift in plain white paper. Glue on four caps. Now you have a scaled-up imitation of one very common piece of a common building-block toy.

I have saved up some green, blue and orange caps; next I must find the matching paper colors so that I can simulate more kinds of bricks.