New ideas for old wrapping paper
Mommy on a Shoestring's Beth Engelman creates a project with wrapping paper. One is children's artwork and another a family photo. Photo taken on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at her home. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2013 1:57PM
The holidays may have “wrapped up,” but that doesn’t mean your fun has to end. Use wrapping paper remnants to make jewelry, picture frames, flowerpots and more.
WRAPPING PAPER JEWELRY
Go eco-chic with bracelets and necklaces made from old wrapping paper.
20-40 2 x 4-inch wrapping paper rectangles
Tacky glue (optional)
Similar to a gum-wrapper chain, a wrapping paper chain is pretty simple to make. All it requires is a series of folds, a few dabs of glue and a little bit of patience.
Lay one wrapping paper rectangle on a flat surface. Fold one side (lengthwise) into the center.
Fold the other side lengthwise into the center creating a 4 x 1-inch rectangle.
Fold lengthwise again, making a 4 x 1/2-inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half, which will make a 2 x 1/2-inch rectangle.
Fold the ends into the fold and fold again, creating your first chain link (1 x 1/2-inch rectangle).
Repeat steps above to make a second chain link.
Attached chain links by inserting the ends of one link through the folded ends of the other. Continue creating chain links and attaching them until you reach desired length.
Punch a hole at the ends of the chain and insert a ribbon to clasp the bracelet or necklace together.
Tip: If some of the paper links pop open, close them with a small dab of glue before attaching the ribbon.
WRAPPING PAPER DECOUPAGE
Add color and design to frames, mirrors and more with wrapping paper and Mod Podge.
Wrapping paper remnants
Flowerpot, picture frame and/or mirror
Cut or tear paper into small pieces and apply to desired object (flowerpot, picture frame, etc.)
Continue adding paper until entire surface is covered.
Add a final layer or Mod Podge to seal design. Allow 24 hours to dry.
Tip: Make a holiday themed flowerpot or picture frame with old holiday wrapping paper, which can then be put away until next season.
MAT PHOTOS AND KIDS’ ART
Use wrapping paper to mat photographs and kids’ artwork in frames. Not only does it add color and visual interest, but it can also add meaningful context. For example, mat your favorite holiday photo with cheerful holiday paper or place your preschooler’s artwork on a background of baby ducks. The most important thing is to use paper that has a color scheme and pattern that will complement the art, such as small patterns or neutral colors.
Our Facebook friends weigh in
Check out these inventive wrapping paper ideas from our friends on Facebook.
“Next time you mail a package, use wrapping paper as an eco-friendly and budget-friendly alternative to Styrofoam peanuts.” — Cindy
“Use wrapping paper to make a decorative banner for Valentine’s Day. Simply cut the paper into small triangles and attach with a ribbon or string.” — Jenna
“Make origami-inspired Xmas tree ornaments that won’t break when the baby/dog/cat has a run-in with the tree.” — Amy
“Make bows for other gifts. Wrap up your ornaments to put away. Make ornaments with wrapping paper inside.’’ — Heather
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