A Not-To-Be-Missed Ultimate List Of Upcycled, Fun Gift Wrap Projects

ways to upcycle giftwrap

Whatever you do, do NOT throw that used gift paper away! And tell your friends and family!

Did you know that most gift wrapping paper which is dyed, laminated, or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver metallic shapes, glitter, and plastics cannot be recycled? Half of the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate consumer products (Source: The Recycler's Handbook, 1990). And in the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.

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Whether you decide to simply reuse your used gift wrap for next year or perhaps donate it to a local art class, school, or charity (check around!), there's a wealth of opportunity in that little piece of 'trash' most of us receive during this holiday season. You can even use it to make holiday cards for next year: an estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Or you can use it on some spectacular solutions and DIY projects, such as these :)


Upcycled Gift Wrap Projects


1. Shred it for packaging! You can use it anytime throughout the year for shipping, gift baskets and festive confetti.

 
 via instructables

via instructables


2. Create some amazing New Year's Eve streamers, which works really well with metallic gift wrap.

 
 via martha stewart

via martha stewart


3. Or these awesome star medallions, which we'd probably find a place for year-round or use in place of bows on gifts.

 
 via elli

via elli


4. Although you could still just make these regular bows :)

 
 via 100 layer cake

via 100 layer cake


5. And even make next years ornaments.

 
 via hometalk

via hometalk


6. And poinsettias.

 
 via older and wisor

via older and wisor


7. Or make wreaths, and this project is pretty and simple.

 
 via hip 'n creative

via hip 'n creative


8. But if you're looking for something useful throughout the year, we're quite fond of this solution.

via craftingeek

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