DIY GIFT WRAP

Upcycle your newspaper into do-it-yourself projects

Ditch the traditional holiday wrapping this gift-giving season and get creative. Inspired by newspaper print, Statesman multimedia producer Tina Phan has created these do-it-yourself projects that we hope you’ll try at home. The designs, adapted from crafty bloggers, include a traditional gift bow, holiday envelope, gift bag and pompom-style bow.

GIFT BOW

GIFT BOW

Materials:
- newspaper
- scissors
- glue or tape

Cut a Statesman newspaper page into nine strips in these sizes:
- Three strips 11 x 3/4 inches
- Three strips 10 x 3/4 inches
- Two strips 9 x 3/4 inches
- One strip 4 x 3/4 inches

Twist each strip to form a figure 8 and glue at the center (tape works as well). Shape the last short strip into a circle loop and secure it with glue.

Layer the three longest figure 8 loops on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with glue. Add the next two groups of loops and repeat. Finally, stick the circular loop in the center.

— Instructions adapted from Jessica Jones of the blog howaboutorange.blogspot.com.

ENVELOPE

ENVELOPE

Materials: - newspaper
- greeting card
- scissors
- glue stick
- washi tape (optional)

Take a greeting card and place it horizontally on the top half of a Statesman newspaper page. The card will help determine how big of an envelope you are making. Draw a heart around the card, leaving room around the edges to fold. Cut the heart out and, with the card still on the newspaper, fold the edges of the heart on each side toward the center of the card.

Fold the top portion of the heart and glue. This creates the envelope’s pocket. You will be left with the triangle-shaped bottom of the heart, which will serve as your envelope flap.

With your card inside, close the envelope with glue or use a strip of washi tape.
— Instructions adapted from Mommy G of the blog fortyweeksandthensome.blogspot.com.

POMPOM BOW

POMPOM BOW

Materials:
- newspaper
- glue
- scissors
- pen

Cut a 22-by-5.5-inch strip of newspaper. Fold the strip lengthwise and glue the bottom edges together. Cut the fringe all along the folded strip to any desired thickness, depending on how you want your bow to look. Cutting at 3/8-inch thickness works well.

Leave about a 3/4 inch worth of space at the bottom. That’s where you’ll need to dab some more glue and roll the strip of fringed paper. To help you with the rolling, take a pen and wrap it on one end and begin rolling.

For small pompom bows, you’ll need one strip. For larger bows, add a second strip and wrap it around the first rolled strip for a fuller look.

— Instructions adapted from Patty Bennett of pattystamps.com.

GIFT BAG

Gift Bag

Materials:
- two sheets of 11 x 22 inch newspaper
- glue
- cardboard
- scissors
- hole puncher
- yarn or twine

Take two sheets of Statesman newspaper and glue them together along the edges to create a two-ply bag. Remember that the outside of the bag should be facedown on your work surface.

Fold a flap 2 inches from the top. Make vertical folds in four different places — after 2 inches from the left, then measure 3.5 inches and fold, then measure 6.5 inches and fold, measure another 3.5 inches and fold and you’ll be left with 6.5 inches.

Put glue on the top of the 2-inch side flap and glue the bag together. Cut a 6.25-by-3.25-inch piece of cardboard. You’ll need this to reinforce the bottom of the bag. To help you glue the bottom of the bag to the cardboard, put a tissue box inside the bag to help it keep its shape.

The 2-inch flap originally folded will be used as the bottom of the bag. Put glue on the cardboard and place inside the bag along this fold. Take the four edges of the bottom of the bag and fold and glue, like you would when wrapping a present.
Punch holes in the rim of the bag. Take some yarn or string some cords through the holes to form handles.

— Instructions adapted from Jessica Jones of the blog howaboutorange.blogspot.com.