10 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper

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The wake of Christmas morning frequently entails a spoonful of half-eaten candy canes, sticky marshmallow Santas, gifts piled up on the coffee table and, of course, endless piles of gift wrap. Instead of tossing all that wrapping paper into the garbage or trying to fold it into a huge box for next year, contemplating placing artful, non-seasonal newspaper to use in your property. From shelf liners to celebration banners, quality paper scraps can help add color and interest to every room in your house. Iron any crinkled bits on a low heat setting, and it’ll be ready for the following DIY jobs.

1. Brighten up a dark shelf or drawer. Make use of leftover gift wrap in most shapes and sizes by lining some shelves and drawers. Not only can it add a dash of color to a dark or dull space, but having some pretty paper on your junk drawer might help you keep organized. Iron out any wrinkles, cut the paper to fit and slide it into the drawer. Use double-sided tape or glue it down with Mod Podge to get a longer-lasting alternative.

Whip That Junk Drawer Into Shape

Monica Ewing

2. Add excitement to crates that are recycled. Classic crates are great for display or storage. But if you are tired of the salvaged and worn wood appearance, brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint and some wrapping paper, attached with a strong adhesive.

Monica Ewing

3. Line a bar menu cart. Transform a dull bar cart or tray with wrap paper and Mod Podge, as Monica Ewing of Crafty Nest did with this adorable trolley she found via Craigslist.

4. Frame it. Want to keep things simple? Frame your prettiest newspapers from Christmas in a group to get a gallery.

Should you use various kinds of paper, choose a single color for the frames to get a cohesive appearance.

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If you’ve got an extra-long piece, frame it in a single large frame for simple statement art.


5. Piece scraps for wallpaper. If you manage to collect a supply of extra-pretty prints, think about patchworking them together with background paste to get an accent wall in a studio or an office.

More: DIY classic book background


6. Use scraps to keep your office organized. Smaller wrapping paper bits could be glued onto old paint cans or other tins to hold supplies.


7. Cover books for this decorator look. Book covers might not be for everyone, but covering books with pretty parts of gift wrap (no adhesive required) may bring extra style to a bookcase.

Natalie Myers

8. Dress up shoe boxes. I can’t be the sole person with a closet shelf full of empty shoe boxes. Instead of tossing them into the recycling bin, then cover them with extra gift wrap for storage you’ll want to flaunt.

Shannon Malone

9. Make a banner ad. If Christmas morning leaves you with a heap of arbitrary gift wrap scraps, a banner could be a terrific way to make use of all of the colors and sizes.

10. Cover clipboards for workplace inspiration. Instead of a bulletin board or pegboard, utilize a couple clipboards to hang inspirational images in front of your desk. Cover the clipboards with gift wrap and hang them on your office wall with a nail or hook.

Other tips for reusing gift wrap: Shred and use it to pack or ship delicate things, make your own gift tags and bows , or iron out the wrinkles and store it for next year.

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