Wait, wait, wait! Don't take that garbage bag of wrapping paper to the recycling bin just yet. After you've created a paper fan and weaved yourself a handbag, unwrap these lists for a whole heap of new ways to recycle your used wrapping paper. It just keeps on giving.
Sadly most wrapping paper hits the garbage soon after it's torn from its package. To continue to enjoy its beauty, you might want to extend its life by doing these five cool things with it.
1. Make a foil fan.
2. Use it to make scrapbook pages or next year's holiday cards. (Here are some ideas from Scrapbooks Etc that are sure to inspire.)
Yes, store bought wrapping paper is sort of a waste of money and it's not eco-friendly, but these wrapping papers from Think Geek are hilarious. Four sheets of 20" x 30" paper will set you back $5.99. Also, if you do go for store bought wrapping paper, there are always ways to conserve it, like this.
Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.
But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.
Really, I'm with the skeptics: it truly is quite wasteful to buy someone a gift they don't need, and then spend a whole 'nother bunch of resources hiding it under your tree. But, admittingly, my mouth waters when I see some finely designed gift wrap...i.e. that with zero cartoon snowmen and bold, graphic designs that just scream season's greetings. Then I see that it's $17/sq. yd. and I go back to skepticism.
But, what if some creative souls decided to make some affordable options? Well, then they might look something like this:
"It happens several times each year: gift-giving. Whether it's for the holidays, a birthday or a wedding, nothing can make your presents stand out more than a flawless wrapping job. If you've never tackled a present-wrapping project before or your idea of giftwrap involves a roll of duct tape, this page is for you. Even if you've wrapped a few times, you might find some new ideas here. Just a few simple steps and anyone can wrap like a pro!"
Im no Martha Stewart (that is for sure) but I do love a beautifully wrapped package. I just cant ever bring myself to buy (or afford) wrapping materials which are just discarded (by some people) after the gift is open. I also have yet to acquire (and would have nowhere to store) the large box of wrapping paper and ribbon saved up over many years like my mom has. My solution is to wrap everything in paper that was already destined to be...
Stylehive has the the (so-far) go-to list for wrapping paper inspiration. Wait, what am I talking about? I hate wrapping presents...
Anyway, maybe you could use these as Curbly profile backgrounds instead: