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Re-Using Your Wrapping Paper

Updated on April 19, 2012

No matter what the gift giving reason, chances are you have ended up with quite a bit of paper that was used to wrap those gifts. But you do not have to throw that paper out – it can be re-used in a variety of ways so that you can get your money’s worth. For inspiration, check out a few of these ideas and see which appeals to you.


If you have room to store the wrapping paper for a while, you can use it to create some pretty decorations for the next set of holidays. Or if you do not want to store it, you could create the ornaments now to store. You could even decorate your home throughout the year with them. Great some great looking flowers for display in the summer or white ones for the winter.

Wrap your Ornaments

Wrinkled wrapping paper still has a use beyond the garbage bin. Why not wrap up any decorations you put out in the used paper? It is already wrinkly so it will wrap a bit easier than the stiff, new paper. Use a few pieces to make sure the ornament is well wrapped and you can re-use the ribbon to hold the paper in place.

Kid's Crafts

A lot of kids crafts require you to cut up magazines or other sources and then glue them to paper to create all sorts of different things. Give the kids the leftover wrapping paper to use for these art projects. Different wrapping may be great for creating scenes in different seasons or birthday paper may be a great background for a party scene. You may need to hold down the corners with something heavy so that the paper will lay flat while your artist is at work.

Martha Stewart Ideas

No matter what you may think of Martha Stewart, she has some great ideas on how to use gift wrap beyond the traditional. From decorating trays, creating notebooks or creating some custom storage solutions, she has some wonderful ideas to help you re-use that fancy paper. Just try to get the receiver of the gift to not to rip the paper into shreds – although you can use those shreds for packing material!

Wrapping Paper

Of course, there is the obvious of using the paper again to wrap another gift. Depending on how wrinkled the paper is will determine how easily this is. You can try to iron paper out (iron on low or put a towel over it) but it will be easier if the piece has not been wrinkled at all.

The benefit to repurposing your wrapping paper goes beyond just the environmental reusing – you are also saving money as you can avoid purchasing items that the wrapping paper is replacing.


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    • SKCandles profile image

      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      angela_michelle .. very good point.. I can't believe I forgot that. Although, wrapping paper may not be acid/lignen free

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      What about scrap booking purposes as well!

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      PageC 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I always hated wasting all the paper, but it wasn't always in good enough shape to re-use.

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      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad you found some helpful ideas here.. :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I like the ornament idea. I seems so much more useful than using all the paper towels to wrap ornaments!

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      I would definitely store up my wrapping papers. Cool Ideas.

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      Danielle McGaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Great ideas! I always forget to take care of that kind of stuff! LOL