Reusing Wrapping Paper
I remember all to well as a child, my Aunt yelling out at Christmas as we opened our presents, “I will keep that wrapping paper” or “Save that Bow!” Back in the day, I used to chuckle to myself thinking this was crazy, but now as I have gotten older, I have found she had the right idea!
Most wrapping paper can be recycled at the curb, but the pretty foiled, glittered, or even tissue paper you can not put out to the curb! Instead of filling our landfills that are already overflowing, why not reuse these gently used beauties! You will also save money on next year’s Christmas wrapping.
Any wrapping paper that has NOT been torn to shreds, simply roll back onto a wrapping paper tube. Does your paper have creases? NO WORRIES, put your iron on a low setting and do a quick swipe over the non patterned side. The creases will come right up!
Most Art Teachers would be more then happy to take your gently used wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, etc. Little ones LOVE decorating art projects with colorful items. (Of course do not just hand the teacher a bag full of crumpled up tape filled paper. Cut off any tape areas, run a quick iron over them and either fold or wrap around a tube.)
Wrapping paper is PERFECT for Scrap booking, making paper beads, and more! Many crafter’s use left over wrapping paper for decoupage.
Wrap the Box to reuse over and OVER
Most of us reuse Christmas boxes. Why not take that left over Christmas paper, wrap the upper and lower part of the Christmas box for next years gifts! This way next year, the receiver does not have to rip open the gift, they simply lift the top off the box to view their present. You can reuse these boxes over and over again.
Yes, you heard me right, SELL IT! The more ornate wrapping paper crafter’s will buy! Give it a shot on ebay or craigslist.
Make Christmas Tags
Attach the wrapping paper to some card stock paper. Make gift tags for your presents for next years. You can elaborate them by adding glitter, ribbons, add a whole punch for attaching to gifts and more. Use your imagination.
Wrap your Ornaments
Extra crumpled wrapping paper works GREAT for wrapping and storing those delicate Christmas ornaments that you will be storing away until next year.
Packing and Shipping Filler
If you do shipping through out the year, crumpled up Christmas paper makes a perfect cushion for fragile items that you need to ship!