DI-WednesdaY | Wrapping Paper Tulip Bouquets
Sponsored by The Bountiful Basket
By Jaqueline Gutierrez
I don’t know about you, but there’s a certain amount of guilt when my family is tearing open presents and we’re suddenly surrounded in a sea of packaging garbage. It looks like Christmas carnage.
We’re big advocates of reduce, reuse and recycle, so we scoured the internet for some cute ways to reduce your holiday waste -- at least when it comes to wrapping paper.
If you like sending out thank you cards for your Christmas presents, use the paper to make your own envelopes. They’re simple and there are a ton of tutorials online. If you are able, coordinate the envelopes. The gift giver will certainly be surprised to see an envelope in the mail made from the wrapping paper he or she used that year.
A more utilitarian use for the paper is to use it to line plain drawers or shelves if the pattern is simple. That is, if you don’t mind looking at Christmas paper year-round. Bonus: if you’re still having holiday get-togethers, use the paper to line your party trays. Those will certainly be more festive and they are easy to clean up.
Lastly, if your wrapping paper is unsalvageable, use it to wrap up your fragile ornaments before packing them away for the year. Or, with New Year's Eve just days away, run the paper through the shredder and make confetti.
We went with a more fun route and made a little bouquet for fun.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other uses for left over wrapping paper. See you in 2017 everybody!
Wrapping Paper Tulip Bouqet
Paper Tulip Instructions:
Instructions found here
- Start with your paper coloured side up. Fold in half, then in half again, as shown. Crease well, then open out again.
- Turn the paper over and fold in half diagonally and in both directions. Crease well and open out once again.
- Holding the points shown, bring them both down to the centre point on the bottom line. Flatten model. This is called a waterbomb base.
- Fold bottom corners of front flaps up to the top corner. Repeat this on the back as well.
- Turn the front flap to the left, like turning the pages in a book. Do the same to the other side of the model.
- Move the upper flaps toward each other, and tuck one into the other, as far as it goes.
- When you flatten this, make sure the distances A and B shown are equal.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 on back of model, to get this.
- Blow into base of tulip to inflate and shape the flower.
- Peel each petal down, slowly and carefully. Your tulip is now finished.
- Twist the end of the pipe cleaner into a small circle then bend to form the base
- Use hot glue to secure the tulip to the base. Repeat for all.
- Arrange the tulips into a bouquet and wrap the stem from one tulip around the bouquet to hold the arrangement in place.
Thanks to The Bountiful Basket for its sponsorship of our DI-WednesdaY series. Its creative gift baskets gave us the inspiration to kick start our craftiness. Thanks, Bountiful Baskets!