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
ribbons are quite easily stored away to use again for wrapping smaller
items or for a multitude of purposes but the wrapper?
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!
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!!!
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
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!
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
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
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 party.
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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