Recycled gift wrap accessories

Christmas morning at our house always ends up looking like a big mess of torn wrapping paper and scattered gifts. Before tossing all the used holiday gift wrap into the recycling bin this year, we had fun with a kids craft making recycled gift wrap accessories. This morning, with the Arizona Science Center, my daughter modeled her DIY recycled gift wrap headband, purse, and skirt on the Fox 10 Phoenix morning show. 


We collected the used gift wrap from family and had a big selection of prints for the kids craft. 


The headband didn’t require any crafting; we just used a tulle bow we had made for my mother-in-law’s holiday gift.


DIY recycled gift wrap skirt tutorial

1) Cut used gift wrap into strips at varying lengths.

2) Measure ribbon or tulle to child’s waist and tie.

3) Staple top of gift wrap strips to skirt waist.  


My daughter, along with a couple of other children, showed off their creations this morning on the news segment while the Arizona Science Center talked about the importance of recycling and sustainability. 


Before the show my daughter was excited talking about how she knows recycling helps trash stay out of the ocean. She was shy and more reserved than usual on the show but afterward said she had so much fun.

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You can make your own DIY recycled gift wrap accessories at home too. Get creative and have some fun before all that gift wrap makes it to your recycling bin. If you’re in Arizona, bring your gift wrap to the Arizona Science Center Wednesday, December 31st. Have some fun crafting and then participate in the recycled gift wrap fashion show where you can meet Frozen’s Elsa! We enjoy visiting the Science Center regularly with traveling exhibits like the Science of Ripley’s Believe It of Not! and awesome learning workshops for educators. Snow Week 2014 at the Arizona Science Center is full of fun activities and we will be stopping by more than once during holiday break!

Will you be making something fun with your used holiday gift wrap?

Arizona Science Center Snow Week 2014 activities

December 28, 2014 
– Earth Explorers (11:15 a.m.) 
– Fire and Ice (1:15 p.m.) 
– States of Matter – Liquid Nitrogen (3:15 p.m.) 
MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Holiday Handprints 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Make a fun and unique holiday handprint worthy of featuring on the refrigerator at home. Make a grumpy green Grinch or a happy holiday polar bear or anything else that you can dream up using just your hands and paint!
Offered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. 
– MAKE IT! Spiro-Snowflakes – Make your own spiro-snowflake, experiment with a harmonograph, paint with swirling lights and experience the beautiful world of spiro-mathematics!

December 29, 2014 
– Good Vibrations (11:15 a.m.) 
– States of Matter – Liquid Nitrogen (1:15 p.m.) 
– Sweet Reactions (3:15 p.m.)
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
– MAKE IT! Snow Village: Snow Village: Help us create a Phoenician Snow Village which will be on display in Many Hands Make A Home during Snow Week 2014. 

December 30, 2014 
– Wicked Wildfires (11:15 a.m.) 
– Earth Explorers: Squid Dissection (1:15 p.m.) 
– Combustion (3:15 p.m.) 
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. 
– MAKE IT! Playful: Create spinners and toys with different household materials.

New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014 
– Good Vibrations (11:15 a.m.) 
– Ice Age (1:15 p.m.) 
– Sweet Reactions (3:15 p.m.) 
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
– MAKE IT! Noisy: Make noise makers and create hand-made instruments with recycled materials and get ready for our New Year’s Eve Celebration. 
Recycled Gift Wrap Fashion Show “Dress Up” 
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 
Instead of throwing away all that holiday gift wrapping, bring it to the center, let your imagination go wild and create a fashionable attire piece to wear during our New Year’s Eve Fashion Show and balloon drop! 

New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015: 
– Hot Ice (11:15 a.m.) 
– Earth Explorers (1:15 p.m.) 
– Sweet Reactions (3:15 p.m.) 
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
– MAKE IT! Frosty: Time to shake it up and make ice cream. 

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