MACARONI MADE: Reuse-Recycle-Renew

December 16, 2009

-Cut wrapping paper into strips that are approximately four inches long and 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide. 

-Cut a 1½ inch square of thin cardboard.

-Take a cut strip of wrapping paper and fold it over into a curled loop, with the plain sides together. Bring one end about an 1/8 inch away from the other end and hold in place with a small piece of invisible tape, allowing the tape to extend past both ends about 1/8 inch.

-Stick the first loop down on the cardboard square, centered at the edge of one side. Repeat with three more paper loops, so you have a loop in the middle of each side.

-Take four more loops and stick them down at the corners of the square. At this point, your bow should look like the photo, shown above, at right.

-Continue making paper loops, sticking each one down just in front of and between two loops from the previous row. The bow will begin to fill in.

-When you get to center of the small square, make a single loop and stick this down right in the middle. Fluff the bow gently with your fingers.  It is now ready to decorate your next gift package.