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20 Ways to Reuse Gift Wrap

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20 Ways to Reuse Gift Wrap

Merry Christmas, Care2! I know that not everyone does the Christmas thing, but if you did open gifts this morning, chances are that now you’re wrangling a mountain of gift wrap. Rather than tossing it in the trash or the recycle bin, check out these ways to reuse all of that beautiful paper.

Sure, you did your best to use eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives, but I bet that even with your best efforts, there was still some gift wrap under the tree. Maybe your mother-in-law isn’t quite ready to start folding furoshiki and your cousin maybe didn’t get the memo about fabric gift bags this year. That’s OK! Rather than feel guilty about that gift wrap, get crafty instead!

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Salvaging Gift Wrap

Used gift wrap isn’t always the pristine, beautiful paper that it was when it was on the present. It gets torn and wrinkled, so you’ll need to do a little salvaging to make it look nice again. Here’s how to revived wrinkly wrapping paper:

1. Set your iron on low and lay a piece of fabric over your paper on the ironing board.

2. Iron just like you would a wrinkly garment, but be a bit more gentle to avoid tearing the paper more. Gently work those creases out of the paper.

That’ it!

Now that your wrapping paper is all ready to use, let’s get to the list of ways to reuse it!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by meddygarnet

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:57PM PST on Dec 19, 2013

I will not be throwing away Christmas paper this year!

10:16AM PDT on May 21, 2013


11:54AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

amazing tips, thanks!

8:09PM PST on Jan 21, 2013


5:10PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Oh such wonderful ideas, Thank you so much for sharing them

9:48PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

great idea keep them coming please

5:25AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

More things to make with re-used gift wrappings

To cheer up a sick child:
Cut out dress for tiny dolls
Flowers for a bedside table
Hat or dunce for teddy bear

To add color to a kids' party:
Place mats
Napkins around hot dogs
Whirlwinds on a straw
Wind runner on a stick

For preschoolers who lose their lunch boxes:
Sandwich bags
Lunch bags

5:23AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

All are just great ideas, thanks a great deal.
We also use old gift wrappings to make bookmarks, line shelves and arty decorations.

2:20PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Origami is the best idea - thank you

2:19PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Origami paper is the best idea - thank you.

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