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Drop Cloth Wrapping Paper

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‘Tis the season for wrapping and unwrapping… and unfortunately, waste.

Did you know that most wrapping paper can’t be recycled? This is because most often it is dyed, laminated or contains non-paper additives, like gold and silver colored shapes, glitter or plastics, which can’t be recycled. Recycling rules vary from place to place, so it’s always worth double checking with your local authority what they will take.

I started creating cloth wrapping in 2014 after I learned just how much Christmas paper went into the landfill each year! Mind-blowing! But it just doesn’t start and end with Christmas, each gift-giving celebration brings, even more, wrapping paper into the landfill. Think of how many birthdays are in the world! I read that about 17.7 million people are celebrating a birthday on any given day of the year. Yea, I know… I sat down in disbelief when I read that too.

So, as I was saying, I started this new tradition for our family back in 2014. There have been learning curves and adjustments. I guess there always is when we go through change. But that’s ok; change brings awareness and growth.

I decided to create another posting since I am using painters drop cloths this year for my wrapping paper. It’s cheap, neutral in color (good for any celebration), and you can just fray the edges and skip using a sewing machine if you want. I do add a simple straight stitch on all four edges, so the fraying doesn’t continue but even if you don’t own a sewing machine, drop cloths are pretty amazing to use. AND another perk is that there isn’t a right or wrong side, so that makes it even easier when wrapping gifts. You don’t even have to make sheets of fabric wrap is to make simple bags as I did below. Sew up three sides, gather the opening, and secure with some twine or ribbon. These do require some sewing so again, do what you can, with what you have.

Where do I get a drop cloth?

Just about any hardware store sells them… even the big box stores like Walmart. BUT I have found that I really like the ones from Home Depot. The 8 oz. medium duty Everbilt canvas drop cloth is ideal. Don’t get the heavy duty ones. They are too stiff to work with for a project like this. Outside of making fabric wrapping paper with them, I have been making curtains, pillows, and other crafty items. So, I have done my homework and tried many different brands.

Click (here) to see the one that I am referring to.  The reason that I like these over other brands is that they are consistent in quality and you don’t find weird seams running through the cloth. They come in many different sizes, so you can select the size that fits your needs and budget.

How do I prep the drop cloth?

Unlike standard wrapping paper… we have to wash this “paper” hehe. Well, I recommend it. You can skip this process if you wish, but washing will make it softer to work with. I use HOT water and bleach. I then iron it while it is still damp and hang to dry. You can put the cloth in the dryer, after being cut to size, and then iron each piece if you want. Do what works best for you.

Tips on creating and wrapping with cloth:


2 thoughts on “Drop Cloth Wrapping Paper

  1. Lyn says:

    Cool Idea Amie Sue…….your creativity just keeps on coming…………AMAZING !!! :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Lyn :) I have been doing a lot of fun things with drop cloths; pillow, curtains, gift wrap, and more. hehe I hope you feeling better and those sniffles are fleeing that house of yours! blessings, amie sue :)

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