How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape


I try to be as environmentally friendly in everything I do, and this means limiting my use of plastic as much as possible. This can be incredibly difficult to do since many things come wrapped in plastic or have some plastic component in them. For example, I try to use reused or recycled and biodegradable wrapping paper to wrap gifts, but the tape adhesive that is traditionally used to keep the wrapping paper together can stay in the environment for hundreds of years.

My solution to this is to just not use tape at all.

This is rather simple to accomplish if the gift comes in any kind of box shape. It just involves a lot of creative folding and tucking. If your gift is irregularly shaped, that's not problem either. Read on to find out why.

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If your gift is box-shaped, start by laying it down on top of an adequately sized piece of wrapping paper.

How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape
My entire family has a habit of reusing wrapping paper when we give each other gifts.
We've reused this piece of paper so many times it's basically tissue!
Then fold in the sides, folding over and tucking in a consistent clock-wise or counterclockwise direction.

How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape

When you've reached the last edge, fold the paper over and tuck in the loose end to one of the existing folds, so you may end up with something like this.

How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape
This is a rather sloppy wrapping job. My apologies, but whatever, it's just an example.
I'm going to take it apart later anyway. :)
If you're still concerned about it falling apart. Well, add a bow or ribbon!

How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape





And if your gift is irregularly shaped ...

How to Wrap Gifts Without Using Tape
VoilĂ !

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Feels great when I can cut back on waste even for little things like this.

You really don't HAVE to use tape when wrapping presents. If you still feel like you need an adhesive, perhaps try using some non-toxic homemade glue paste?

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