Ultimate Guide to Recycled Wrapping Paper Crafts

By: Libby Little

Recycled Wrapping Paper Wreaths

Let's say you have quite a bit of extra wrapping paper that you don't need anymore. You bought a whole roll, but you only wrapped two presents. This is the perfect opportunity for you to make a wreath. Traditionally, wreaths are used as Christmas decorations, but you can also use them for parties, showers or just to hang on your front door.

To begin, gather your wrapping paper, one wire hanger, thick ribbon and glue. This project will take a bit more time than the more simple recycled wrapping paper crafts, so give yourself a good window of time for completion.


Here's how you'll go about making the wreath:

  • Bend the wire hanger so that it forms a circle.
  • Cut the wrapping paper into strips that are roughly 10-by-1 inches (25.4-by-2.54 cm).
  • Place a strip of wrapping paper around the wire, so that the center is touching the wire and the ends match up in your hand. Grab the paper right where it's touching the wire and twist. Think of it as wrapping a twisty tie around a pre-packaged loaf of bread. Since wrapping paper is fairly thin, it will twist around the wire easily, leaving the end pieces to flair out.
  • Repeat the process around the wire until the whole thing is full and fluffy with paper.
  • Straighten out the hook of the hanger, and glue the thick ribbon over it. You can bend the very top of the hook, so the wreath will hang from a wall or door, or another option is to clip off the hook of the hanger with wire cutters and hang the wreath as-is [source: Do It Yourself].

These projects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recycled wrapping paper projects. Let your creativity take over as you sort through your wrapping paper stash. Happy crafting!

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