9 Ways to Turn Garbage Into Gorgeous Gift Wrap

Raid your recycling and trash cans for commonly discarded items and transform them into creative, inexpensive gift wrap.

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Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Pretty Packages

Who wouldn't want to receive one of these beautiful gifts? You won't believe what some of these items were before we repurposed them into gift wrap.

From: 6-Pack Carrier

Those 6-pack holders you're always dumping in the recycling bin? Save them! You only need one material to repurpose them into a useful organizer for a thoughtful gift.

To: Awesome Art Kit

A portable art kit makes the perfect gift for a budding artist. Go from 6-pack holder to sleek art supply carrier by simply painting the cardboard with two coats of black craft paint. You could also spray paint it. Top off the gift with an inspirational tag. So skip the gift basket or bag that the recipient will probably throw away and give a gift that is not only thoughtful but functional too.

From: Old Shirt

On your next closet cleanout, save old shirts that aren't in a condition to donate maybe because they have a hole or stain, especially if it's not on the sleeves. A shirt sleeve could be your solution for how to wrap oddly-shaped gifts.

To: No-Sew Wine Wrap

A bottle of wine is a common don't-know-what-else-to-get gift, but with creative presentation, it'll seem much more thoughtful even when it is a last-minute purchase. To make the wine wrap — a kids' size shirt works best — cut off a sleeve about an inch from the shoulder seam. Flip the sleeve inside out, trim if needed and secure the cut end with a rubber band. Flip the sleeve right-side out and slip the bottle in the sleeve. The excess fabric around the rubber band will fit in the bottom indentation that most bottles have and will rest levelly. Finish with a decorative bow.

From: Coffee Canister

Food containers like coffee canisters or large soup cans are also worth saving, especially ones with plastic lids! Clean out the inside and get creative with how you transform them into unique gift boxes.

To: Simple Spa Kit

To transform a coffee canister into an adorable spa kit, we covered the can with marble-print adhesive paper and filled it with spa items like a face mask, nail polish, lotion and white crinkle paper for padding. Our favorite part of this gift is the loofah bow. We used a craft knife to cut a small "x" in the center of the lid, poked the loofah string through and tied a knot. The lucky person who receives this gift will never know it used to be filled with coffee beans.

From: Aluminum Foil Box

Do you know what fits perfectly in boxes that hold aluminum foil, plastic wrap and wax paper? Cookies!

To: Cookie Keeper

Whether you're making homemade cookies or simply wanting to elevate store-bought ones, finding a creative way to gift cookies is always a challenge, especially around the holidays. If the box has a sharp edge for tearing, remove carefully before wrapping. Cover with your choice of decorative wrapping paper, insert some tissue paper, wax paper and, lastly, the cookies. Tie a sparkly ribbon around the middle. Note: Be sure to measure beforehand to make sure the size of your box and cookies match.

From: Grocery Bags

If you keep grocery bags, you already have the perfect wrapping paper substitute. These easy-to-find brown bags work great in a pinch if you realize you forgot to buy gift wrap right before a party or you run out of decorative paper on Christmas Eve.

To: Pretty Brown Paper Packages

Impress your friends and family with gift wrap that looks like a million bucks - and definitely not trash! By cutting the bags and using the blank inside as your paper, you achieve the look of butcher or kraft paper that many people pay for, with something you probably already have. You then have a blank slate to decorate however you choose. Keep it simple with just a bow. Use stamps to create repeating patterns to mimic store-bought paper. Apply paint in a splatter technique for an artistic look. Attach fresh or dried greenery or flowers for an elegant touch. Or top it off with a personalized gift tag.

From: Empty Shoebox

Instead of waiting until the holidays to buy gift boxes in bulk, save shoeboxes throughout the year.

To: Reusable, Chic Gift Box

Pick your favorite paper and wrap the lid and bottom separately. To keep the lid secure, attach a button and string. If you have a large enough needle, you can sew the button, or the easier option, use a craft brad to puncture a hole in the lid and glue the button to the brad. The person receiving this gift might love the box as much as the actual gift.

From: Paper Towel Rolls

Another item you probably recycle often, paper towel rolls can help solve another common gift wrapping dilemma: how to creatively gift cash.

To: Cash-Holding Poppers

To create these poppers, cut two pieces of paper towel roll about two inches wide. Lay both, about half-inch apart, on top of a few pieces of tissue paper. Roll both pieces like a rolling pin and tape paper to secure. Gather one end of the tissue paper and tie with string. Then slip a roll of cash in the open end, gather tissue paper on the other end and tie with string. To get to the cash, hold each end of the popper, and twist and pull apart at the same time.

From: Old Sock

If you get a hole in the heel or toe or lose one of the socks from one of your favorite pairs, don't throw them out! The sock could become an easy way to wrap a small gift.

To: One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Box

Make a cute and cozy package for a jewelry box like this one by cutting off the top of your favorite old (but washed!) sock. To secure the bottom, flip sock inside out, staple the end and then flip right-side out. Place small box inside and tie with a string or ribbon, like this black velvet one.

From: Used Candle Container

Chances are you have several used candles that have exhausted their good-smelling scents but you hate to throw away because the container is decorative or could be useful for something. Before you toss that jar candle, think about repurposing it as a gift. To clean, heat up your candle on a candle warmer, pour out any remaining wax and wash with soap and water. If your candle only has a small amount of wax left, you can also put the candle in the freezer overnight. The wax will crack into a few pieces that you can dump out. With larger candles, we found that the melting method works best.

To: Cocktail Kit

The empty jar candle is now ready to hold the ingredients of your favorite cocktail, like a Moscow Mule. Include a mini can of ginger beer, an airplane bottle of vodka, a lime, stir stick and decorate straw. Wrap up with clear cellophane and top off with a bow and gift tag.