5 Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper

Don’t throw away your wrapping paper scraps after the holidays. Use them to make these easy crafts instead.

December 26, 2019

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ENVELOPE

Envelope

Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper: Envelope

Don’t throw away your wrapping paper scraps after the holidays. Use them to make these easy crafts instead!

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • envelope
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick

Carefully open up your envelope into a flat sheet (Image 1). Next, cover the entire front of the open envelope with a glue stick, making sure to get all of the edges (Image 2). Flip it over and stick it to a piece of wrapping paper, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Grab some scissors and cut out the envelope shape from the wrapping paper (Image 3). Then, fold back into shape and glue the envelope back together, being careful not to accidentally glue it shut (Image 4). Pro Tip: If your wrapping paper is too glossy or busy to write on, write the address on a label and stick it to the front of the envelope.

BIRTHDAY CARD

Birthday Card

Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper: Birthday Card

Spray paint your clipboard a complementary color to your wrapping paper and let dry.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • plain greeting card
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • gold washi tape
  • glue stick

Cut small rectangles of various heights out of colorful wrapping paper (Image 1). Arrange them on the bottom of your card (Image 2). Then, glue the wrapping paper to the card (Image 3). Cut flame shapes from gold washi tape and stick one above each candle (Image 4). Use your black marker to draw the wick (Image 5).

ORNAMENTS

Upcycled Wrapping Paper

Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper: Ornaments

Don’t throw away your wrapping paper scraps after the holidays. Use them to make these easy crafts instead!

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • wrapping paper
  • card stock
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • string
  • circle punch
  • hot glue gun + sticks

Use a glue stick to glue wrapping paper to both sides of a piece of card stock (Image 1). Then, cut out four circles using a circle punch (Image 2). Cut three of those circles in half (Image 3). Next, tie a knot in the center of a piece of string so that you have a loop for hanging with two long ends hanging down. Glue the ends of the string to each side of the full circle. Add a line of hot glue to the edge of each circle half and glue them to the ornament, spacing them as evenly as possible (Image 4). Hold the pieces in place until dry then repeat on the other side of the ornament (Image 5). Finally, trim any excess string.

PLANTER

Planter

Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper: Planter

Don’t throw away your wrapping paper scraps after the holidays. Use them to make these easy crafts instead!

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • planter
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • tape

Cut a piece of wrapping paper that is the same height as your planter and long enough to wrap all the way around. Wrap the wrapping paper around the planter and tape it in place (Images 1-3). Optionally, repeat these steps with a second color of paper (Image 4).

CLIPBOARD

Clipboard

Ways to Upcycle Wrapping Paper: Clipboard

Don’t throw away your wrapping paper scraps after the holidays. Use them to make these easy crafts instead!

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • clipboard
  • wrapping paper
  • spray paint
  • decoupage glue
  • foam brush
  • large binder clip
  • scissors
  • craft knife

Spray paint your clipboard a complementary color to your wrapping paper and let dry. Use a binder clip to hold open the clip, placing a paper towel in the binder clip to prevent scratching the paint (Image 1). Next, mark where to cut the wrapping paper to make room for the clip and cut it out (Image 2). Add a thick layer of decoupage glue to both the clipboard and the wrapping paper (Image 3). Lightly place the wrapping paper onto the clipboard and use an old gift card to smooth it down from the center to the edges (Image 4). Then, use a craft knife to trim the excess wrapping paper. Seal and protect the wrapping paper by adding another coat of decoupage glue (Image 5).

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