Ok admit it, don't you
feel bothered to throw away all the ribbons and wrapping paper after
Christmas? (Well we hope that you at least slightly feel
bothered) Can't you just imagine the urban landfills growing
double with everyone disposing of all the plastic, boxes, paper and
what-have-you that their gifts came from?
The ribbons are
quite easily stored away to use again for wrapping smaller items or
for a multitude of purposes but the wrapper?
Well we've devised 10
ideas so you can help lessen that desperately growing mound of waste
and save some trees in the process! How? If you use
these recycled materials, you'll buy less paper and did we already
mention, you'll save money too!
1. Use as stuffing
Colorful Christmas gift wrapping paper will be great
as stuffing in the packaging for future occasions. Just
remember to take out any areas with tape or staples as they will
surely ruin your shredder!!!
2. Paper Sculpture
This recycling project is related to the previous
stuffing idea. All you have to do here is print out your
favorite image on paper. It can be a quotation, your picture
or a drawing of your child's.
You can use our butterfly image here Print 2 copies and
then position the 2 sheets back to back so the design can be seen.
With a needle and thread, sew the edges!
3. Make Greeting Cards
Cut the scrap gift wrapping paper into different
shapes and then paste them onto colorful construction paper or
cardboard. You can have several shapes like a heart for
valentines or a house for a housewarming card. The
possibilities of shapes are endless!
Download the card border here |
Download the heart shape here
4. Scrapbook components
Christmas paper is perfect for a Christmas
scrapbook page! Just cut out these fun shapes and then put
pictures inside them, around them. Write down the funniest
quotes for the night.
5. Gift tags
Cut out the paper into 3" x 3" squares (these can be
any size really). Cut cardboard into 3" x 6" rectangles and
then fold in the middle. Paste the paper squares on the front
and let dry. Punch on one side where the ribbon goes.
Now you have a colorful gift tag!
6. Christmas Decor
Cut out some simple shapes (2 of each shape) and
then paste them back to back so the design of the paper is seen on
both sides. Punch with a hole on top and run the string
through so these can be hung. You can mount the shapes on
cardboard and then paste the paper for additional durability.
7. Circles Decor
Cut the gift wrapping paper into circles with
size 2" diameter (or any size you like). Run through the
sewing machine stitching everything together. Hang around the
house for a festive feel! This is decoration you can use over
and over again. Easy to store as well!
8. Christmas Balls
Have a small balloon and glue on hand. Cut
the wrapping paper into small squares, maybe 2" x 2" (depending on
the size of your balloon) - the smaller the squares, the smoother
your ball edge will be. Inflate the balloon into the size you
like. Paste the squares one by one on the balloon until fully
covered. Put a thin layer of white glue on top for a
protective finish. Hang around the house. Perfect for a
9. Paper Mache Bowl
You'll need a balloon, brush, scissors, baby oil,
the glue mixture and of course the gift wrapping paper. Cut
the wrapping paper into small strips of around 3" x 1". Mix
1/2 flour to 1/3 cup water to make the sticky stuff! Inflate
the balloon to the size you want your bowl to be and lather the
bottom with a thin layer of the baby oil. Stick on the paper
strips on the bottom part of the balloon (to form a bowl).
Just layer it on and then when it's as thick as you wish, take out
the balloon and let it dry.
10. Paper Flowers
Cut the wrapping paper into long strips of paper with
some ribbed edges like the image above. Experiment with
different lengths and sizes. Take some green colored Christmas
paper for the leaves. Roll the strip in your fingers to make a
flower and then make a LOT of these flowers. Form a wreathe
and hang with some wire at the back.
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