Wrapping Paper Re-Use Idea #1
Be environmentally friendly and use that pretty paper again.
Christmas is over and you have wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all over the place. They didn't quite make it to the trash can yet, or they did, but that's all that's in the trash can? Well, dig it back out because I have some ideas for you to re-use it. Check out this and my other hubpages for various ideas!
You can make cards for thank you notes to people who gave you Christmas gifts, birthdays, New Year's, or even next year's Christmas with this method. This is a great thing to do with your kids, if you are snowed in, or simply still wound up from the holiday season.
- old wrapping paper
- old ribbon (optional)
- cardstock paper
- white glue, rubber cement, or spray adhesive
- rolling pin
- photos, a computer with printer, stickers, or any other picture you like (optional)
- hot glue gun (optional)
How to Do It:
- Pick out the paper that goes with the theme you are planning for - if it is a birthday pick out the solid red, or if it is a wedding, maybe white? A lot of wrapping paper is only Christmas-y because it is on a Christmas present. You would be surprised how often those patterns may apply. Pick out lots of patterns if you want to make different cards.
- Lay down newspaper over your workspace to prevent a mess. You could also use wrapping paper you don't want to make something with.
- Find thick cardstock paper. The easiest way to do it is to grab some cardstock resume paper from your printer. You can even use old resumes and paste the wrapping paper to the side with text on it. You can use rubber cement or Elmer's. If you use Elmer's or other white glue, it might be helpful to put it in a bowl first and use a wide paint brush to paint it on. This way it will be smoother.
- Place the wrapping paper on top of the glue. Get it as flat as possible. You can also layer two types together or make designs.
- Take a rolling pin and roll it on top of the wrapping paper to flatten it. Do it slowly and watch for creases.
- Let it dry.
- If you used posterboard, cut it into the size cards you want to make. If you used resume paper, it may already be a good size, or you can cut it in half.
- Fold the cards in half if desired.
- Place your picture, chosen design or text on top of it to convey your message! You can write inside the card now too.
This step is optional, but will probably help your card stay together. Using discarded wider ribbon from a present, make a border for the edges to keep the wrapping paper from separating from the cardstock paper. Make a thin strip of hot glue along each edge and place the ribbon on top of it. Quickly fold over the ribbon and clamp it down while the glue dries. The wider the ribbon, the better. Make sure to pay attention to your corners and decide which side of ribbon you want to be on top.
- Some decorating ideas:
- Use glitter!
- Use bows and ribbons to make designs.
- Use pictures from To/From tags or holiday return address labels.
- Use letters from clothing tags to spell out your message.
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