7 Clever Ideas to Reuse Wrapping Paper

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Stop the waste -- here's seven ideas to reuse that wrapping paper.

Once you've torn through the stack of presents on Christmas morning, you're likely left swimming in a sea of wrapping paper scraps. If you're in the camp that feels wasteful to use so much paper for only a night, you're in luck -- from seasonal accents to year-round home decor, here are seven ways to reinvent the wrap.

By Tracy Anderson for BobVila.com

wrapping paper

1. Filler: Flip-flop the role of your wrapping paper by using it as colorful filler for the inside of your packages. You can shred the paper easily by flattening out small pieces and sending them through a paper shredder or stacking

wrapping paper garland

2. Garland: This pretty garland features only two materials: the paper of your choice and some sturdy thread to string it all together. Start by cutting round circles from your paper (which is easiest if you use a die-cut hole punch). Although you can use any paper you wish, remember: metallic wrapping paper adds real shine!

wrapping paper marbles

3. Marbles: Not only are these adorable mini magnets a snap to make, but they are also the perfect use for those itty-bitty scraps of wrap that head straight for the trash! Adhere the paper to plain marbles using Mod Podge. Once dry, making it stick to a fridge is as easy as hot gluing a magnet to the back.

wrapping paper wreath

4. A Wreath: Turn all that wrapping refuse into a festive holiday decoration with this easy-to-make wreath. Cut scraps into strips roughly 1" x 9," and tie around a wreath form molded from a wire hanger. Pull a bow leftover from the holiday's unwrapping to finish it off.

wrapping paper envelopes

5. Envelopes: Short an envelope for holiday cards? Making a custom one is easy. After selecting some special pieces of used wrapping paper from the bunch, use a flattened plain envelope to trace your pattern. Then simply cut, fold, and glue—and your handmade package will be ready for some equally thoughtful contents.

wrapping paper drawers

6. Drawer Liners: Who needs boring old contact paper when you can line your drawers with any paper you want? The heavier weight holiday wraps work best here; iron out any wrinkles, then cut to size and hold in place with an archival quality mounting glue.

wrapping paper mobile

7. A Mobile: With the help of downloadable template from PaperMatrix, you can weave this sweet balloon mobile in an afternoon. Feel free to use solid papers, patterned papers, or a mix—the result will be as creative as you are.

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