CRAFT: 7 crafty things to do with wrapping paper

17 December 2018

So, Christmas day is over. The presents are unwrapped, the pavlova devoured and the Santa fun finished for another year. 

But what to do with the large pile of wrapping paper?

Here’s our favourite (easy peasy) things to do with wrapping paper, now the festivities are over:

 

Paper beads

A simple activity for all those little scraps of leftover wrapping paper. Thread onto string to make necklaces, bracelets, or store for future craft projects.

paper beads

Picture: thecentsbible

What you need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dowel rod – or toothpick if you’ll be making party picks
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Mod Podge (optional)

Full instructions at thecentsbiblelife.com 

 

Decorative bows

Use all that old wrapping paper to make a collection of decorative bows, ready for birthday presents in the coming year (or the following Christmas!).

bows2

Picture: wholeliving.com

What you need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Double sided tape

Full instructions at wholeliving.com

 

Festive collage placemats

A really simple idea that turns that used wrapping paper into festive placemats for next Christmas.

placemat

Picture: learning4kids.net

What you need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Clear contact (or a laminator)

Full instructions at learning4kids.net

 

Festive magnets

These festive magnets are perfect to decorate any fridge or magnetic board at Christmas time, or handmade gifts for next Christmas.

magnets

Picture: momshavequestionstoo.com

You’ll need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Glue
  • Small magnets
  • Flat marbles (find at most dollar stores)

Full instructions at momshavequestionstoo.com

 

Recycled pencil holders

Brighten your desk with a decorative holder for pens, pencils and scissors, or makes a great gift.

tins

Picture:marthastewart.com

You’ll need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Empty can (washed and trimmed any sharp edges off)

Full instructions at: marthastewart.com

 

Envelopes

Be prepared for the year with these gorgeous handmade envelopes. Perfect for small gifts, personal cards and letters.

envelopes

Picture:poppytalk.com

You’ll need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Glue tape roller
  • An envelope you like the shape of

Full instructions at: poppytalk.com

 

Bunting

Every kids bedroom needs personalised bunting! Simple to make and the perfect addition to any room.

bunting2

Picture: centsationalstyle.com

You need:

  • Gift wrap
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors 
  • Ribbon

Full instructions at centsationalstyle.com

 

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