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20 Ways to Reuse Gift Wrap

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11. Paper beads – Paper bead tutorials usually call for using magazine pages, but reclaimed gift wrap will work just as well. Here’s a simple tutorial that you can use!

12. Make paper chains – Cut your gift wrap into strips and link them together to make old-school paper chains. You can use them as decoration for a party or just for funsies!

13. Fold a treat boxThis tutorial uses an old calendar page, but reclaimed wrapping paper would work just as well.

14. Make snowflakes – You can use these paper snowflake embellishments for wrapping gifts, scrap booking, or string them up, bunting-style!

15. Homemade envelopes – If you have big enough pieces of gift wrap left, fold them up into homemade envelopes! To put the address on, you can either glue light-colored scrap paper or use adhesive labels.

Related Reading: 22 Ways to Repurpose Old Magazines

16. Reusable gift bagTurn that single-use paper into a gift bag that you can use over and over.

17. Picture frames – Roll up that gift wrap to make this pretty 3D picture frame.

18. CoastersWeave up strips of gift wrap into colorful coasters.

19. Nesting Baskets – Gift wrap would work beautifully for this coiled basket tutorial.

20. Make a wristlet – Another woven project: turn that old wrapping paper into a cute little bag for going out.

Have you found any fun ways to reuse gift wrap? Tell us your ideas in the comments!

Images credit: Creative Commons paper bead photo by Bernie Jersey

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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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