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Wrapping Paper Re-Use Idea #1

Updated on December 26, 2010

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!

Here is the front of my example. I used spray adhesive and two wrapping papers with a blue palette.
Here is the front of my example. I used spray adhesive and two wrapping papers with a blue palette.

Make Cards

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
  • scissors
  • photos, a computer with printer, stickers, or any other picture you like (optional)
  • newspaper
  • hot glue gun (optional)

This is the back. I used a square from the second wrapping paper to create a theme.
This is the back. I used a square from the second wrapping paper to create a theme.

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How to Do It:

  1. 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.
  2. Lay down newspaper over your workspace to prevent a mess. You could also use wrapping paper you don't want to make something with.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take a rolling pin and roll it on top of the wrapping paper to flatten it. Do it slowly and watch for creases.
  6. Let it dry.
  7. 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.
  8. Fold the cards in half if desired.
  9. Place your picture, chosen design or text on top of it to convey your message! You can write inside the card now too.
  10. 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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      Tech Updates 6 years ago

      Save tissue wrapping paper. It can be reused for wrapping another gift, as packing material, or for protecting Christmas ornaments for storage.

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      Dazzling Image 6 years ago

      Good idea to save the Earth. Being environmental friendly is a good way to start the new year. Thanks for showing us how to reduce and reuse.

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      Sarah Carson 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I have heard of people using the paper for book covers and for shelves, and it seems like a great idea, but how do you manage to do that without ripping it?

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Oh God... Do not even get me started on wrapping paper!

      I always dread occasions with wrapping paper gifts because it usually means that by the end of the day we will be stuck with loads of wrapping paper that no one wants to throw away, with excuses such as they have sentimental value.

      I usually use them to re-wrap gifts or use them as covers for books or shelves etc.