One thing that irritates me is seeing bits and pieces of leftover wrapping paper in my closet. The pieces are usually too small to wrap most gifts, but too large to throw away. Luckily, it can be repurposed and upcycled into other things.

If you think repurposing wrapping paper is ridiculous, consider this: most of it is not recyclable because it has wax, glitter, or other decorations that may contaminate other recyclable paper. When this happens, the recycling plant must send the entire batch to the landfill.

So, what can you do with it? You can make Christmas ornaments, but why not make something else! If you’re wondering what else to make with it, then here are some ideas:

Confetti by One Good Thing:

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Paper beads by Mum in the Mad House:

How to make paper beads from wrapping paper. What a fab craft DIY for recycling paper into jewelry. These would make the perfect DIY gift for Mother's Day. I never realised it was THIS simple!
photo via Mum in the Mad House

 

Paper pinwheels by Celebrate Always:

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photo via Celebrate Always

 

Paper crowns by Compost and Cava:

DIY Paper Crowns Made From Upcycled Gift Wrap and Wrapping Paper for Zero Waste New Years Eve
photo via Compost and Cava

 

Gift bag by Hello Sandwich:

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photo via Hello Sandwich

 

Origami gift boxes by We Are Scout:

How to make patchwork origami gift boxes
photo via We Are Scout

 

Placemats by Oleander + Palm:

photo via Oleander + Palm

 

Medicine cabinet liner by In My Own Style:

How-to-line-a-medicine-cabinet-with-decorative-paper-or-gift wrap
photo via In My Own Style

 

Tray liners by Thoughtfully Simple:

DIY Christmas decorations
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Wallpaper by The Homes I Have Made:

Flamingo Wrapping paper as Wallpaper

 

Decoupaged stool by The Craftables:

DIY Customised stool cover
photo via The Craftables

 

Looking for more ways to upcycle your paper? Click here for some ideas.

I love hearing from you! If you have any comments or suggestions, please post them in the Comments section below.

Happy crafting!

Spinster Simone 🙂

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