Are you looking for a fun way to dress up your holiday packages? Well, look no further than your closet or dresser. Your old novelty t-shirts make great wrapping paper. In fact, the ones you had a hard time parting with can now be used for a good cause this Christmas.
Pull Out Your Trusty Scissors
Simply cut along one side seam until you reach the neck area. Once there, you can cut along the shoulder seam. You can even trim down the bottom of your shirt if it ends up being too long for your gift. This will ensure that you have a tight fit.
Position the Shirt with Graphics Showing
Slide your box into the opening and position the shirt so that the graphics can be seen. Then take out a needle and some thread and start stitching close all of the open areas. This includes the area around the neck and the sleeves.
The purpose of this project is to make the best use of your old t-shirt. That means that your gift should look as great on the outside as it does inside the box and it can by recycling your old elementary school apparel!
Other Ideas for Embellishing T-Shirt Wrapping Paper
There are a number of ways that you can further embellish your presents. Here are a few that might interest you:
- Old pins and brooches are great for keeping the loose ends of the shirt together so the package doesn’t fall out. You can pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores relatively cheap and use them to decorate your Christmas packages.
NOTE: You do not have to sew the open areas of the shirt together if you decide to use pins. Just gather the excess material, pull it taught so the two pieces overlap with one another, and secure it with the pin or brooch. This adds some additional flair to your package and gives the recipient two gifts instead of one.
- You can create two slits at the neckline and thread a pretty ribbon through it. Tie it into a bow and voila, you have a gift that is as unique as you are!
A little bit of creativity goes a long way when it comes to recycling your old t-shirts. With a few simple stitches, you can create wrapping paper for all of your Christmas gifts. It can even be used over and over again by its recipients which makes it the perfect project for you to do in the next week or two.