Make this Christmas a little bit friendlier on the environment by reducing the amount of wrapping paper waste. These gift tags make gift wrapping a whole lot prettier, and make disposing of your Christmas waste easy as!
Make your own Tohu koha pōpopo!
These tags are environmentally conscious and also add a special, personal touch to your gift-giving. They’re also pretty easy and fun to make!
Our method is totally safe for your garden. The paper and glue are both pōpopo or biodegradable, which means they will break down completely when buried in the dirt. They are also an awesome way to help those tiny little seeds like poppies and cosmos to retain moisture while they germinate!
Prep Time: 30 minutes; 1 hour or so for drying time
Skill Level: Easy
You Will Need:
- Scrap paper
- A pen
We used small seeds that are best sown in December and January, and recycled non-toxic brown paper. Non-glossy paper that hasn’t been printed on is best!
Step 1: Make your flour glue using 2 parts water to 1 part flour. We used ½ cup of water to ¼ cup of flour, and had plenty of glue for our project!
Step 2: Cut your paper so you have two large pieces of the same shape. We cut off the ends of a recycled brown paper shopping bag, and cut it so we had two big rectangles.
Step 3: Brush your flour glue over both pieces of the paper. Make sure you get right to the edge! This is best done outside, on a newspaper, or an old sheet as it can get a little messy.
Step 4: Sprinkle your seeds over one piece of your paper. It’s okay if they’re quite spread out! Seeds need room to grow.
Step 5: Place your two pieces of paper together, gluey sides facing together.
Step 6: Leave them out to dry, we popped ours on a wire rack so it got lots of air. The hot-water cupboard or a dry sunny spot works well! While you’re waiting for your paper to dry, clean up any messes.
Step 7: Draw gift-tag shapes and cut them out! Don’t worry too much about cutting seeds.
Step 8: Thread onto ribbon, and write your gift recipient’s name. Soft-tipped felt pens are the best to use, as they don’t pierce the paper.
Step 9: To plant, wet the paper and pop into the dirt!
Tino pai! How else can you make your gift-giving more environmentally friendly?
For more great holiday activities, visit MOTAT FUN’s 12 Days of Christmas page!