23 Ideas for Used Gift Wrapping Paper
23 Ideas for Recycling Wrapping Paper
In many households, the holidays represent spending time with family, cooking delectable meals, and giving in the form of gifts and time. Celebrations at other times of the year also involve those same qualities.
But when the celebrations are over, it's hard not to feel a twinge of guilt at the trash bags full of used wrapping paper.
What to do with it? In these days, when many consumers are becoming more eco-conscious, it seems wasteful to throw all that paper away, especially when it could potentially be used for other things.
The following list includes ideas for what to do with all that used gift wrap.
Will You Save Gift Wrap for a Later Use?
Used Wrapping Paper Ideas
The following list includes ideas for what to do with all that used gift-wrap.
- Use it for origami. You can make splendid things with it, including ornaments.
- Use it to make ornaments for the following holiday season. The sky's the limit as to how or what kinds of ornaments you can make.
- Make placemats with all that gift-wrap. Cut out placemat-sized pieces and glue them onto some cardboard (to make them sturdier) and laminate (see links below for laminators).
- Make coasters using the same method as for the placemats. Cut out paper big enough to sit under a cup, back it with some cardboard, and laminate.
- If you like scrapbooking, then saving paper is a must. You can create beautiful backgrounds and effects using gift-wrap.
- Use wrapping paper to decorate picture frames that are too plain. Wooden frames work well.
- Use wrapping paper with different patterns for decoupage.
- Use different typs of gift-wrap to make collages and other artistic creations.
- Put through a paper shredder and use the shreds to fill gift baskets and gift bags.
- Line a drawer with some of your favorite used gift wrap patterns. Use 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil to scent the paper.
- Got a CD of favorite songs to give to a friend? Use the gift wrap to make a CD sleeve with staples or glue.
- Glue several pieces of gift wrap paper together to make a bookmark and then laminate.
- Make a magnet. Cut out different, small shapes such as stars or gingerbread men, back with a piece of cardboard and laminate. Glue onto a magnet and let dry thoroughly.
- Use it to make interesting book covers.
- Use it to line bulletin boards or other corkboards.
- Use gift wrap to make festive paper jewelry.
- Use wrap to make a sculpture.
- Use it to make beautiful cut-out snowflakes.
- Use gift wrap to make unique paper art.
- Make holiday cards with it.
- If you know how to make paper, you can make more paper with the gift wrap.
- Make tags for gifts.
- Make a chain to go around next year's Christmas tree.
Save It for Another Day
Still, this all takes time. Right after the holidays, or right after a celebration, many people don't always have the time to sort out the paper.
Simply fold it and put it into a gift box or other convenient storage place until you are ready to use it.
Recycle or Don't Use Gift Wrap at All
Maybe space is an issue.
You can recycle gift wrap.
However, it's wise to call the recycling center ahead of time. Recycling centers have different requirements for paper. Glossy, glittery, and foil wrap tend to be the most difficult to recycle and many centers won't take them.
There is another way to reduce the amount of gift wrap you throw out.
Don't buy it.
Instead, use other materials that you have on hand. Paper bags, newspapers, tissue paper, even different sorts of cloth can be used and they create unique, beautiful presents.
Used gift wrap is now a commodity.
Its uses are limited only by our imagination.
© 2011 Cynthia Calhoun