15 Ways to Recycle Wrapping Paper That Don't Involve Gifts

Simply Stated

Okay, one final holiday related post that we just couldn’t pass up &mdash Real Simple’s blog, Simply Stated, recently did a roundup of 15 ways to recycle wrapping paper. Now we know that you can indeed save and reuse wrapping paper, but sometimes the paper is just too wrinkled or torn to cover any more gifts, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be discarded altogether. Click below the jump for some great tips on how to recycle wrapping paper &mdash year round.I’m so happy to have found this list, as there’s some really nice Japanese paper (leftover from making these paper fortune cookies) I’ve been holding onto while waiting for a fun project to arise. Here are some of our favorites ideas from Simply Stated:

• Cover boxes using a thin coat of polyvinyl acetate glue to secure the paper to the box.
• Use a craft punch in either a square or round shape and stick the shape to a piece of cardstock in the same shape for firmness, then stick another to the opposite side. Use a hole punch to add a hole towards the top of your shape and put ribbon or string through the hole and tie it onto future gifts or to label foods or craft supplies in your home.
• Shred it and use as pretty packing material for future gifts or to pack those eBay sales you plan to make during the New Year.
• Frame your favorite pieces as works of art.

Check out the full Simply Stated list and post here.

(Image via How To: Make Your Own Magnetic Matchbooks)

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