This post was sponsored by hello products. Check out the fun way I turned some old hello toothpaste boxes into upcycled gift wrap below!
My kids have been learning about recycling at school. In our home, we have a big trash can designated for recyclables. The kids know which items we can recycle and which items we can’t, and they take it pretty seriously.
In fact, their school even has a contest every year where kids are supposed to make an art project out of trash.
Which is totally what inspired this upcycled gift wrap using the hello products toothpaste boxes I’ve been hoarding.
There’s not the reason I’ve been hoarding them, though.
When I was a kid, my mom subscribed to these Christmas craft books that came every year. They were full of beautiful crafts. They had gorgeous photos and I would study them for hours, looking for things to make.
One year, I saw a craft that involved turning soap boxes into little gift bags and I thought this was genius. Like, literally the best thing I’d ever seen.
I made one (it didn’t turn out *quite* like the ones in the pictures, ha), and I loved it. I had it for years. It’s long-gone, but to this day, I can picture it almost exactly in my head.
The happy little boxes our hello toothpaste comes in have a cheerful vibe that reminded me of that craft from so many years ago. I’m proud to say my crafting skills have improved over the years, and so, inspired by my kids’ enthusiasn for recycling, and armed with a stack of hello toothpaste boxes I’ve been saving because I just *knew* they would come in handy someday, I set about recreating that little gift box of years’ past.
Hello products are naturally planet-friendly. The boxes are made with 100% recycled paper that is sourced from sustainable resources and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Those fun colors you see on the boxes are all printed with soy ink. Hello products also turns their waste into fertilizer for EPA-approved facilities (including several Wisconsin farms).
I’m trying to teach the kids that we don’t just throw everything away when we’re done with it. We donate toys, clothes, and household items that we no longer need. We turn old towels into rags. We pour unfinished glasses of water into the dogs’ bowl instead of down the drain.
So why not make some super fun upcycled gift wrap, using only things we have around the house?
Here’s what you need to make your own upcycled gift wrap:
- hello toothpaste boxes (the natural texture and color of the boxes make these perfect for crafts)
- paint (I used paint I already had around the house)
- paint brush (I used a simple sponge brush)
- glue (I used hot glue and Mod Podge)
- ribbon \
- scissors and hole punch
- tissue paper
There are two projects I made from these boxes: mini boxes and full-sized boxes.
Here’s how to make a mini gift bag:
Grab your hello toothpaste box and flatten it out.
Cut in half. Now you have two little boxes. Use hot glue to secure the bottoms closed.
Paint, and when dry, embellish with ribbon (I also think little pom poms, crystals, and monogram stickers would be fun).If you want to add handles, punch two little holes in the top of each side and knot the ribbon inside the box.
Rip or cut a piece of tissue paper to fit and stuff it in the box. This is perfect for gifting jewelry, gift cards, cash, and other fun little trinkets!
Here’s how to make a full-sized gift box:
Carefully open the box and re-fold it inside-out. Use hot glue to secure the edge (and the bottom if you’d like). This is the perfect surface for painting or covering in GLITTER!
To get this glittered effect, pour out some glitter onto a piece of foil. Cover the bottom half of the box in the glue and press it into the glitter. Tap the box on the foil to shake the loose glitter off.
Let it dry, then tap it again to get any excess glitter!
To get this gold ombre-ish effect, I simply spray-painted the bottom of the box. Easy peasy.
This size is perfect for gifting jewelry, pens, washi and other little planner goodies, money, hair bands, and more.
The kids loved seeing these boxes get new life and have lots of ideas for what we should put in them and who we should give them to. I loved being able to repurpose something I would have otherwise thrown away into something I otherwise would have had to buy.
Upcycling toothpaste boxes is a little thing. But little things add up. And I’m totally going to keep this project in mind the next time the school has an art contest using trash!
You can buy hello products, and start hoarding their toothpaste boxes, here. You can buy hello products here or find them in your local Target and Walmart.