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Every Christmas, you spend hours painstakingly wrapping each gift - and whether it looks perfect or not, it’s the thought that counts. But after the chaos of present opening on Christmas morning has ended, your living room will probably be full of discarded wrapping paper and gift bags. While you could always straighten out the paper and re-use it next year, why not try getting creative and crafting some fun and practical projects from the leftover scraps? Plus, if you keep these ideas in mind all year round, you can add wrapping paper from every occasion to your stash!
Whether you’re starting to prepare you’re decorations for next year or you just want to make the most of the last of the festive season, some Christmas bunting is a quick and easy craft that adds yuletide cheer to any wall. Simply mount triangles of wrapping paper onto card, then arrange them evenly onto a length of ribbon, like our Set of 10 Rolls of Fantastic Ribbons - Over The Mantelpiece Festive Collection. Once you’re happy with the spacing, use a glue gun to secure the pennants onto the ribbon, and you’re ready to hang!
One of the most simple suggestions for your used wrapping paper seems to go against all that us crafters stand for: shred it! Thin strips of paper can work brilliantly in place of tissue paper in gift bags, or to fill out a hamper. Plus, it doesn’t matter if the paper is crumpled or ripped – we all know how excited little ones can get when they’re opening presents!
If you’re looking to get more organised in the new year, you might be taking up a new hobby: bullet journaling. During the festive months, save scraps of Christmas paper to add lovely embellishments to the corner of your pages. You could even use a fun tool like our Craft Punch Set 3pc Star Set to create tiny shapes which can be used as completion markers in your trackers.
If you want to send some thank you cards to loved ones after Christmas is over, why not try using the leftover wrapping paper to create the envelopes to send them in? There are loads of different folding methods out there, so you can either whip up some quick and easy designs or spend time on an intricate envelope.
Gift tags are so easy to make, and if you use scraps of the same wrapping paper you used for the present, you get a lovely coordinated effect. To make the tags sturdier, mount the wrapping paper onto some heavy card. Punch a hole at the top, then add some rustic twine like the Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Striped Bakers Twine (2mm/25m) - Classic Jute or sparkly ribbon like our Curling Ribbon 10mm x 100m Gold Glittered for a great addition to any present.
Folding and origami is an obvious solution when you’ve got an abundance of paper to deal with, but you may be wondering what to create. There really is no limit to the imaginative possibilities of origami, but one idea is a lovely forest scene. Simply create five or six trees in different sizes and colours and you’ll be left with a winter wonderland that can be displayed with pride year after year.
Get an early start on your cards for next year by using scraps of wrapping paper in your die cutting machine alongside your most Christmassy dies. That way, you’ll create some doubly festive designs! Try following the steps to this heartfelt make, but switch up the plain card for some leftover wrapping paper with a fun design.