Thursday, December 25, 2008

Reusing Christmas Gift Wrap Paper


Ideas for reusing gift wrap paper:

- Shred it to use in gift baskets

- Cut out areas that are still in good shape to reuse with smaller gifts

- Use it for craft projects such as this fan ornament

- Shred for compost or mulch in the garden

- Turn it into a Christmas card

- Shred and use as packing filler

- Recycle your gift wrap into thank you cards

- Shred and use it to line your recycling bin to catch run off

- Shred and use for cooking oil and grease disposal

- Cut it up in small rectangles for scratch paper, hole punch it, and pull a ribbon through it. Reinforce it with some recycled gift box cardboard as the bottom page. Great for beside the phone.

- Make paper chains, snow flakes, wrapping paper stars, or lucky stars

- Make a wrapping paper book mark

- Make a New Years party hat from your Christmas wrapping paper and cardboard gift boxes

- Use the odd sized ripped paper for decoupage and mosaic ornaments

- Make paper bows

- Wad into cardboard paper towel tubes for fire starters(fire place)

- Use it for origami

Got any more ideas?

4 comments:

Debbie J. said...

Alex, more ideas to keep me busy, if I would just get time to do them. I think the shredded paper for use in gift bags would be easy and pretty. Also the bookmarks. I'm ready to start making gifts for next year.

Thanks!

Denese said...

Hi Alexandra :)
We save all our wrapping paper, mostly for crafts for my children; collages, paper-covered "treasure boxes" and shape cut-outs. My momma uses it in her rubber stamping projects, I come from a long line of "reusers".
My grandmother didn't even buy wrapping paper, she used paper bags and the comics out the newspaper. :)
I like the origami idea, we'll have to try it.
Thank you.

Alexandra said...

Debbie, I know I wish I had more time!

Denese, I always am inspired by your blog. I can't wait to see more of your posts. :)

DJ said...

Love these ideas! One more: make your own envelopes.