While you are unwrapping all those presents this holiday season remember to recycle that wrapping paper! Large pieces can be reused and smaller pieces can be made into cards, envelopes, accessories and more. To kick start those recycled wrapping paper ideas, Design by Night has created a tutorial for a wrapping paper necklace. You can easily take this tutorial and apply it to other accessories.
Scissors or X-acto Knife
2-eye head pins
Felt (that compliments wrapping paper)
Piece of paper
- Cut several pieces of wrapping paper 2” wide. Vary the size from 10” to 36”.
- Take one of the pieces and fold it in half. Fold this half in half two more times making about a half inch high strip.
- Starting at an end, start to roll the paper on itself to create a tight coil. The coil will be larger or smaller depending on the length of the paper.
- When you get to the end, use the white glue to finish the coil. Hold in place until it is dry.
- After you have several coils you like, on a piece of paper arrange the coils into a design. When you get a design you like trace around the outside of it to create a backer template.
Cut out the template and use it to cut out a piece of felt to use as a backer. Take your shapes and arrange them on the felt. Trim felt where necessary to avoid overhang.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue the eye pins on opposite sides of the shape. This is how you will attach the chain to your paper pendant.
- Hot glue the shapes to the felt backer.
- Figure out how long you want your necklace and cut 2 pieces of equal chain.
- Add a jump ring to one end of the chain and attach it to one of the eye head pins on the pendant. Repeat step with other side.
- Attach jump rings to both open ends of chain, making sure to add the lobster clasp to one of them.