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20 Ways to Reuse Gift Wrap

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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.

crane mobile

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.

Up Next: 10 more ways to reuse gift wrap!

Image Credits: Creative Commons origami photo by The hills are alive; Crane mobile photo by Becky Striepe

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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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