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Fifteen - Plus One - Ways To Reuse Old Gift Wrapping Paper.

Updated on January 15, 2010

How To Make A Kite.

Cute Origami Project.

Whom of us doesn't love getting good gifts? The only problem is, what do you do with all that left-over wrapping paper?

For those of us with a passion for recycling and making less of a negative impact on our environment, here are fifteen - plus one - great tips on how to reuse all of that old gift-wrapping paper:

1.) Use it to make original and one-of-a-kind thank you notes to distribute to the gift givers.

2.) Use it to make cute school-book covers for your kids (check this link out for the simple steps

3.) Use it to make original bookmarks ( any easy 11 step technique

4.) Use it in your fun origami projects.

5.) Use it in your paper mache' projects.

6.) Line your bird cages with it - you'll have the prettiest bird cage in the neighborhood.

7.) Throw a wrapping paper swap party (very much like a swap meet, just with your close friends and all sorts of edible goodies).

8.) Use it for your arts and crafts.

9.) Donate it to your local arts and craft store (places like Joann's, Micheal's, and AC-Moore offer art classes and can always use extra supplies).

10.) Donate it to your child's school for their many arts and craft projects.

11.) Decoupage old glassware or use it in other decoupage projects (try it with these easy steps

Decoupage Art Work.

12.) Re-wrap other gifts (with a collage of wrapping scraps).

13.) Make unique gift tags for other presents.

14.) Make paper hats, airplanes, and boats.

15.) Depending on the weight of the paper, use it to make a (mini or regular size) kite (the lighter wrapping paper is great for box kites).

16.) For those looking for cheap artwork to hang; using shoe-boxes varying in sizes and shapes:

1.) wrap them with the used paper

2.) secure paper with staples and...

Voila! - You've got yourself some inexpensive, yet great hanging artwork!

So with a little creativity and ingenuity, you too can come up with some great recycling tips for your old gift-wrapping paper.


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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I think it is so good to try to find new ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away initially. Thank you travelespresso for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I love wrapping gifts in creative ways and I ALWAYS like it when people want to save my paper - bows or whatever. Nice hub with some great ideas.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I'm right with you green light. I love that there are so many ways we can help the enviroment - even in little things.

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      green light 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love this veronica! I am an avid arts and crafts girl! and i love being able to do my share in taking care of the environment.

      Thanks for sharing this;-)

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you sarovai for stopping by.

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      9 years ago

      Practical,Useful tips. Thank u Veronica.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Hello, hello I'm a big fan of finding nifty ways to recycle items.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for those lovely tips.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your feed back fortunerep - I hope your little one get's better soon.

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I love decoupage, have used wrapping paper for that now I have more idesas!! Thanks


    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks BkCreative. I'm glad you liked it.

    • BkCreative profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I loooove origami! I'll save this!


    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks creativeone59, I've had this problem before and had to find some ways to use it instead of just contributing to the landfill.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great idea and good hub , thanks for sharing my dear. Godspeed. creativeone59


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