December 21, 2012

How to Use Your Leftover Wrapping Paper

I really dislike throwing any type of materials away, I'm not a hoarder by any means, but if I can think of any way to reuse something I will tuck it away for another project. Wrapping paper is one of my favorite supplies to buy, both kraft paper and patterned paper, and I'm always looking for new ways to utilize my stash. Here are a few fun ways to use your stash and save a little money as well.

You can frame a piece of wrapping paper as wall art.

Wrap paint cans, found at any home improvement store, or washed food cans for colorful storage. I think this would be adorable for my sons' desk.

Decoupage file holders for adorable organiziing, you can find these  wood files at Ikea.

Then you could make some matching pencils by the same author! These would make a sweet gift for some who loves to write.

Use your wrapping paper to cover a mat for a frame, and then fill with a family photo or print.

Make pinwheels or garland, click on the link below for a sweet tutorial.

Create festive lighting with paper lanterns.

This great tutorial will show you how to make paper beads! This is a super simple craft that's great for kids, I can remember making these when I worked at an after school program.

Are you ready to pull your rolls of wrapping paper from under the bed yet? Let's be creative and recycle!


The Thriftiness Miss said...

Love the pencil idea :)

shakti said...

So many good ideas! It would be really cute to use gift wrap scraps from a baby shower and incorporate them into the nursery decor.

The Remodeled Life said...

Love all of these ideas! Also I love your new blog design! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

folkhaven said...

This is a great round up of ideas. I made the paper beads one year and used them to make a garland. I really liked the garland but I took it apart a few years later to use the bead to make Star of David ornaments using a thicker gage wire to string them. The people who received the ornaments still display them on the wall at Christmas time.

I love the pin wheel idea, so cute!