10 Creative Uses for Wrapping Paper


Have you ever had extra wrapping paper that you don’t want to store? Or maybe you saved your used gift wrap because you were given a large present, and the paper really wasn’t wrinkled. (Growing up as a missionary kid, we re-used gift wrap all the time!)

Why not use that extra gift wrap in some creative ways?

10 Creative Uses for Wrapping Paper

  1. Cover a book or a journal.
  2. Wallpaper a doll house.
  3. Make a greeting card.
  4. Cover a checkbook box as a drawer divider.
  5. Create a fun pencil holder.
  6. Use it as a matting in a picture frame.
  7. Make a reusable gift box by wrapping a shoebox inside and out.
  8. Wrap the outside of a larger box to store toys, photos, or momentoes. Match the gift wrap to the topic. For sports trophies, choose sports gift wrap for the lid and box.
  9. Glue patterns of wrapping paper on a gift bag. Use patriotic paper for a star shape in the middle of the bag, or flower wrapping paper in the shape of a flower.
  10. Create clothing for a paper bag puppet. You can make changes of clothes with the different wrapping paper, and put tabs on the edges (like paper doll clothes) to keep the clothing on the puppet.

There you have it! 10 creative uses for all the extra wrapping paper scraps that are lying around. Can you think of any other unique ways to use gift wrap? Share your ideas in the comments!

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6 Responses to “10 Creative Uses for Wrapping Paper”

  1. Erin says:

    I really like the idea of covering a book or journal. I wonder if you could use wrapping paper with scrap booking?

  2. Dana says:

    Something my children like to do with all the scraps after wrapping is make paper beads. You just have to cut the paper into strips, start wrapping them around a pencil and apply glue to the rest of the strip. You then just roll it up and maybe add a thin layer of glue to the outside to help strengthen it.

  3. Brynn says:

    I’ve used wrapping paper for valentines boxes for my kids! (non Christmas at least). I also love using gift bags as wrapping for shipping packages, especially books. You just cut the handles off and wrap around your package with tape!

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