A couple of years ago I posted an easy tutorial for a tapa copycat. So this year since I am adding Polynesian traditions to my holiday festivities as well as trying to be a better steward of the earth (see my Be Pono post) I have return to my brown paper bag tapa. You probably already have all the materials. Brown paper bag? Check. (Kraft paper works as well, but brown paper bags are as easy as forgetting your reusable bag in the car.) Black or brown or any colour marker? Check. Boom. You’re set.
Step one: draw designs on paper. Perfection is unnecessary. Geometric shapes and repetition are your friends.
Step two: crumple up your paper. Again and again and again. You can’t do this too much. Crumple your artwork until the paper is soft, like fabric. Take some time to appreciate that you took something stiff and coarse and made it soft and malleable. Few things in the world will bend to your wishes like this newly created tapa.
Step three: flatten paper and use as wrapping paper.
I found these lovely leaf-print tags at and tied everything up with red bows.
Tada! Way to upcycle! Very Pono.
This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.