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By 14 found this helpful
March 13, 2009

While making gift bags for the local nursing home, I realized I had a lot of tissue paper from events past. All the pretty colors and patterns, I couldn't bear to throw it away so I flattened it out and decided to iron it. Worked like a charm.

Take 3 sheets of tissue paper put them together put iron on polyester with a tad of steam. Iron on both sides. The one in the middle will be perfect too. Fold it accordion style and bingo: recycled tissue. When you think of how much of this stuff goes to the land fill every year, this is a good way to recycle.

By snake_dancer from RGV, TX

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April 24, 2008

Is it considered tacky to reuse gift tissue paper when its wrinkled? Just curious.

Daphna from Alachua, Florida


April 24, 20080 found this helpful

Not tacky in my book at all. Esp with all the environmental awareness etc.

I have ironed tissue paper on low heat, no steam.


If it is still quite wrinkled I scrunch it up in a ball really tight to make it equally crinkled all over and then undo it it and sort of iron it out with my hands. It gives it an antique-ish look. LOL.

You could also try to accordian pleat it and cut it in strips to us more like you would use "Easter grass" and bury the gift in if the size warrants.

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I re-use mine all the time. Why throw it out? Half the time it's all scrunched up to fill up a gift bag, so put the scrunched stuff on the bottom! Or cut off the torn bits. I was raised to unwrap lovely wrappings carefully, so they could be trimmed & used again - why not?

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April 24, 20080 found this helpful

I always reuse mine. You can wrap gifts or use it in a gift bag, in which case it won't matter if it is scrunched. When I was expecting my last child I used the gift wrap from all the showers to line his dresser drawers.


I taped the name of the person who had given the gift on it so that each time I opened it I had a nice reminder.

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By Debbie. (Guest Post)
April 25, 20080 found this helpful

Always recycle whenever you can. The tissue paper usually is wrinkled up so, that makes no difference. :)

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By Janet (Guest Post)
April 26, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with all the posters. Maybe for a wedding present I'd spring for some crisp new white tissue at the dollar store, but I've been re-using, crinkling, and ironing mine for decades! It's not tacky, it's environmentally intelligent! Go GREEN!

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By Janet (Guest Post)
April 26, 20080 found this helpful

Almost forgot one more tip - run multiple colors through a paper shredder for colorful filler paper! Good for gifts or for padding items you're shipping.

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April 26, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with everyone else, no it's not tacky and you are saving the environment.


We have a large family and we use the gift bags from the Dollar Store.
It's funny when we go to a birthday or anniversary to see the bags you gave returning again and again.

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January 31, 20080 found this helpful

I work for a school. I am an aide on a special needs bus and want a pattern for a school bus tissue box holder. Does anyone know of one?

Vickim from Mount Vernon, WA


February 2, 20080 found this helpful

Here's a website I found that has a cute one at the bottom of the home page.

http://thecalic  erns-sneezes.htm

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February 2, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know if you want a small "portable" tissue holder or the larger "regulation" type of tissue box holder... Either way... Simply take apart a box of tissues & remake one using the original as a pattern ... to make it you can use "FunFoam" (& glue) or fabric with super-thick interfacing... If I were you, I'd add magnets to the bottom so you can just stick it up somewhere on the bus! ... Magnets come in stick-on strips with adhesive on the back.


You can buy them at craft stores...OR you can just buy a bag of those tiny "portable" (purse sized) tissue holders & stick magnets on these & stick them up in various places around the bus...

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http://www.croc  pursetissue.html

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

Here is a link for how to make one...I think they based it on the pattern they saw online for sale at the link that Granny below had posted.

http://tnmomwit  r-couch-and-bus/

based on last pic on this page:

http://www.thec  erns-sneezes.htm

I swear I have also seen ones in pattern books you buy at the craft store for making one out of plastic canvas that was a school bus.


sort of like this only a tissue box:

http://www.a1cr  om/indexplkl.htm

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

You might want to check with the local authorities first. My friend's daughters drive the special needs busses and they are not allowed to have anything onboard that might fly around and injure someone if in an accident. Strictly prohibited. This includes the driver's pocketbooks. Please check around first so you don't get in trouble. I never knew of this rule until she mentioned it one day. They have to keep their ID's in their pockets.

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By blindquilter (Guest Post)
February 21, 20080 found this helpful

did you mean a tissue holder shaped LIKE a school bus, or one to keep on the bus? if it's to be shaped like a bus make a pattern from an empty regular tissue box (not the square box), making sure you add 1/2 inch overlaps so you can glue (cardstock). then, on one of the long sides, add a "bump up" about 3 inches by 6 inches. this will be the part of the bus with the windows. the rest of that side will be the part where the engine is.
good luck///blind_quilter///yahoo

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