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Upcycle Christmas wrapping with these 7 fun ideas

Got heaps of pretty, sparkly Christmas wrapping left over from the big day? Well, you're a crafter, so we already know you're not going to simply chuck it – here are 7 clever ideas for turning it into festive projects fror next year...

Upcycle Christmas wrapping with these 7 fun ideas

1. Festive confetti

This little project couldn't be simpler! Pop your chosen wrapping paper into a shredder and use the end product as confetti for your Christmas table decorations next year – or try using it as a packaging material for storing delicate ornaments and decorations.

2. Paper bows

Try this nifty project – it's the gift (wrap) that keeps on giving! You'll need a decent amount of leftover wrapping paper, scissors, tape and a stapler. Begin by cutting the paper into 1 inch strips, then make U-shapes by folding the paper back on itself and taping together at the end. Build up layers and staple together to form a bow shape. Create a small loop using a strip and add in the centre once finished.

3. Patchwork gift boxes

Wrapping up next year's presents is probably the last thing on your mind right now, but make these boxes now and you'll be thankful come December 2019! To create, simply gather some old cardboard gift boxes (or buy some in the January sales!), and cover with your choice of gift wrap. If you've only got small scraps, layer them to create a unique patchwork design. Add washi tape, sequins and any other embellishments that take your fancy – and bingo, you've got ready-to-go wrapping!

4. Bunting

This is a fun idea for decorating your house. Simply cut your favourite pieces of wrapping paper into equally sized triangles, then cut letters to spell out a seasonal sentiment in contrasting paper. Adhere the letters to the triangles and stick onto ribbon or string – then pack this handy decoration away to be used next year.

5. Place cards

What's on the menu for boxing day? Whipping up these fab place cards, of course! They'll be handy if you have any family gatherings taking place in the days after Christmas, or even at New Year. To make a simple place card, start by creating small tent-fold card blanks with plain white card. Next, mount a slightly smaller rectangle of wrapping paper on the front, and then write guests' names on brown paper, mounting this on top. Add glitter or any embellishments you like.

6. Upcycled chocolate tubs

Whatever your festive favourites, you've almost definitely had a tub of chocolates or biscuits doing the rounds in your home this year. Rather than chucking it, cover with festive paper and use it to store bakes or gifts for next year – simple!

7. Tree decorations

Here's a fab way to revamp wrapping paper into funky decorations for next year's tree. Start by mounting pieces of wrapping paper onto plain white card, then cut out several circles of around 10cm diameter. Fold these circles in half, plain side-in, then stick them to each other until you start to form a sphere. Before closing the circle, create a loop from string and adhere to the inside centre, leaving the loop sticking out the top so the decoration can be hung. Finally, stick the last folded circle in to fill the gap and leave to dry.