Tossing old wrapping paper into the trash or the recycling bin is a complete waste. Even if it is ripped to shreds it is possible to reuse in a number of creative and practical ways. Use these easy ways to reuse old wrapping paper, and turn scraps into packing material, unique new crafts, and one-of-a-kind gift cards for kids and adults. It is worth saving some of it for reuse.
Shred Old Wrapping Paper to Reuse for Packing Material
Packing material is necessary when shipping, storing, or moving breakable items. Instead of buying packing material, shred old wrapping paper. This is a great way to reuse it. Store shredded gift wrap in a plastic bag or box, and keep it on hand. It can even be used to line gift bags.
Reuse Old Wrapping Paper for Kid’s Crafts
Gift wrap can be used in a number of kid’s crafts. For starters, cut the sheets of old gift wrap into one-inch squares. Have the kids wrap each square around the eraser end of a pencil. They can glue the flat ends of the pieces onto cardboard or cardstock to create textured pictures and designs. Art-quality tissue paper is usually used for these types of projects, but old wrapping paper works just as well. Kids can make dimensional flowers, scenes, geometric designs, and much more. This is a fantastic way to reuse wrapping material that would otherwise end up discarded.
Reuse Old Wrapping Paper to Make Unique Gift Cards
Gift wrap is often embellished with eye-catching holiday graphics, and it is great for more than just decorating and concealing presents. Reuse gift wrap to create holiday gift cards. Simply cut around graphics, and attach them to cardstock using a very thin layer of craft glue. Allow the glue to dry completely, and cut around the designs. Punch holes in the tops, and use the blank backs to write the names of gift givers and recipients. Attach the homemade gift cards to presents using curling ribbon.
Reuse Old Wrapping Paper to Highlight Works of Art
When gifts are covered with wrapping paper that seems far too good to rip and throw away, save it for artistic purposes. Wrap a sheet of cardstock of the appropriate size with decorative wrapping paper, and mount a work of art in the center. Add a frame and decorate a bare wall. No one will guess old sheets of wrapping paper were used to make creative mattes for highlighting works of art.