RL Tips: Recycling Wrapping Papers

Have a garbage-free Christmas with these paper-recycling tips


After the Christmas presents have been wrapped and put under the tree, what do you do with the extra wrapping papers? Before tossing them into the trash bin, here are various ways on how to recycle them. They’re easy—no art or design background required.  

Frame them.

Let the lovely patterns of wrapping papers grace your home by framing them. Just cut them to the size of frames that you have, put it inside the frame --- you now have instant wall décor. You can even do the same for wallpaper scraps. 

Use them as lining for scrapbooks.

Tired of the plain white or brown papers of your scrapbook? Glue wrapping papers on the pages to create a pretty background for your photos and mementoes. You can also cut out different shapes from your wrappers and use them to jazz up your scrapbook. 

Make origami figures.

Use your wrapping papers to create origami figures that you can use as décor. This can even be a fun activity that you can do with your kids. Don’t know how to make origami, or what shape to make? Here are videos to guide you:

Learn how to make an origami butterfly:


You can also try to make a  filigree with the help of this tutorial: 

Cover your notebooks or journals with discarded wrapping papers.

Add pretty patterns on plain notebook or journal covers, so you’ll be inspired to write your thoughts and ideas. Better yet, personalize the store-bought planner you got for 2015 by dressing it up using gift wrappers. With a pretty cover, you’ll be motivated to use it all year round.  

Line your drawers or shelves with gift wrappers.

Even storage spaces deserve some love. Give your drawers and cabinets an upgrade by lining them with your excess wrappers. Just secure the wrappers on the drawers or shelves with double-sided tape, and voila! You now have pretty storage spaces.


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