19 Clever Ways To Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

Reduce, reuse, recycle that ripped up mess of paper making your house look like a tornado hit it.

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1. Fashion pretty envelopes.

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Use this tutorial to make tiny envelopes, or follow the same steps with these envelope templates for other sizes. Make envelopes for all of your letter sending needs, because snail mail is the best mail.

2. Make wrapping paper bunting.

Instead of spending money on flimsy store-bought bunting, DIY your own with this tutorial. Bonus points for puns.

3. Shred it into paper confetti.

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Use a paper shredder to make festive confetti for your next party. That shit will get everywhere but it will look festive, that’s for damn sure.

4. Use discarded paper to line a box containing something fragile.

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Pack away your Christmas decorations with padding, or decorate a gift basket or box for a gift. Nothing says “I care” more than a box full of crumpled wrapping paper.

5. Construct and hang decorative streamers.

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A hole punch and some string + your leftover wrapping paper = beautiful party decorations for NYE, your next bash, or just because. Follow this tutorial, and make sure to measure the distance between the ceiling and punch bowl to avoid any potential disasters.

6. Craft some paper star medallions.

Create a variety of sizes of stars for some seriously awesome decor at any event. Follow these steps to make your medallions. Warning: Those edges look mighty sharp.

7. Line plain bookshelves.

Follow this tutorial to instantly give life to a boring piece of furniture.

8. Or plain drawers.

Follow the simple tutorial here to find out how to line your own drawers filled to the brim with crap at home.

9. OR trays. Just line everything you own.

Trays are fancy whether they’re used for serving or just for decor purposes. Follow this easy peasy tutorial to achieve said fanciness.

10. Create bows to stock up for all of the presents you’ll wrap throughout the year.

Follow this insanely easy tutorial to make bows that normally cost a ridiculous amount for what they are.

11. Fill empty photo frames with seasonal wrapping.

This easy decor idea will give your home tons of added festiveness for every holiday, though you may have to explain to relatives why you took the photo of them out of the frame.

12. Build a paper cone Christmas tree.

Just in time to throw it into a box in the attic with the rest of the Christmas decor you’ll be packing away. Follow the tutorial here to recycle not only the wrapping paper, but the tube in the middle as well!

13. Wrap books for added flare.

DIY your kids’ textbooks or make a boring journal fancy so you can write down all of your feels in style. Tutorial here.

14. Use leftover tissue paper to make hanging pompoms.

This can also be achieved with wrapping paper, but tissue paper has a little bit more give to work with. Check out the tutorial in the video, or written instructions here.

15. Beautify a clipboard.


Make one of these as an organizational tool for around the house, or as a portable drawing surface for kids so that they can take their coloring with them in the car, or just away from your walls.

16. Make new placemats for every occasion.

Vamp up a holiday, kid birthday party, or just everyday eating with this quick and easy placemat tutorial. Spill dribbled food over a variety of designs!

17. Fold up some festive and colorful origami.

Keep your kids busy with an (hours long for tiny humans) origami project, or make a bunch of these and hang them somewhere at different sizes and lengths as decor. Tutorial here, video below.

18. Design cardboard tube art.


Not only does leftover wrapping paper get wasted, but after you’ve used it all up with these projects, don’t throw away the tubes. This 3D art will look way cooler than the photo of your family you were planning to hang anyways.

19. Create floating shelves out of old boxes and line them with wrapping paper.

Give your home a DIY makeover with these awesome 3D shelves that can be made from recycling not only wrapping paper, but some of those clementine boxes from the grocery store that you can never stomach throwing away because they’re all nice and wooden and nice.

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