How to Reuse Gift Wrap
1. Origami – Cut your left over gift wrap into squares. It makes beautiful origami paper!
2. Make bunting – Bunting is any festive strand that you’d use to adorn walls for a party or just for fun. To make gift wrap into bunting, you can follow this tutorial and use reclaimed gift wrap in place of vintage paper.
3. Make a tray liner – Martha Stewart shows you how to use wrapping paper to line a party tray. I don’t think she intends it to be reclaimed paper, but your salvaged gift wrap would work perfectly here!
4. Pretty packing material – Send that gift wrap through the paper shredder and use it instead of bubble wrap next time you’re mailing a fragile gift.
5. Create tin can organizers – Cover an empty, clean in can in reclaimed gift wrap to make a simple organizer for craft supplies or for your desk. Just use a hot glue gun to attach the paper to the can, wrap it around, and use a glue stick to stick the paper to itself to finish it off.
6. Paper crane desktop mobile – Use gift wrap in place of the origami paper in this tutorial.
7. Upcycled party hats – Use reclaimed gift wrap for the decorative paper in this party hat tutorial. You can also use reclaimed, light cardboard instead of the vellum. Think cereal box-weight here.
8. DIY Gift Bow – Turn that paper in to pretty gift bows for the next gift using this tutorial from How About Orange.
9. Collage – Grab your scissors or decorative punches and use that gift wrap to make a fun collage!
10. Decoupage – Whip out the Mod Podge and use gift wrap to add adornment to a table top or set of drawers. Have fun with it! Cut out shapes, do a collage, or use the wrapping paper for an accent.
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Image Credits: Creative Commons origami photo by The hills are alive; Crane mobile photo by Becky Striepe