DO YOU OFTEN FIND YOURSELF AFTER CHRISTMAS MORNING, GATHERING ALL THE CARNAGE FROM THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT FRENZY WONDERING HOW TO REPURPOSE GIFT WRAPPING AFTER CHRISTMAS? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. MANY OF US HATE TO SEE PERFECTLY GOOD PAPER GO TO WASTE, BUT COMING UP WITH WAYS TO REPURPOSE BRIGHT RED PAPER WITH REINDEER ON IT IS A LITTLE HARD.
In this blog, I want to let you in on some great ways to repurpose gift wrapping this Christmas, and I want to guide you on how to think ahead and plan for repurposing as well. From the wrapping process to after unwrapping, I will show you 4 great ways to repurpose gift paper!
Plan Ahead: What to Consider
If you want to be able to repurpose gift wrapping post-Christmas morning, the best way to go about it is to be ahead of the game and wrap the presents in ways which will make it easier for you to repurpose the wrapping once it has served you well.
One of the best ways to do this is to wrap differently. This can mean many things, such as using baker’s paper or parchment paper, which can easily be reused when baking or doing projects in the kitchen, even if it has been a little torn up. You can use it the same as other wrapping paper,
and make up for the lack of jolly Santa Claus prints on it with adorable ribbons, candy canes, and personalized little tags. The kids will love the presents just as much, and you’ll get to reuse the paper afterwards! Win-win, I’d say!
Wrapping differently can also mean to wrap without tape. This will allow for rip-free unwrapping, and will at least allow you to salvage larger pieces of perfectly usable paper in the end. I know what you’re thinking — “but tape is my one savior when wrapping!!” and I thought the same thing before I found out that there are thousands of ways to wrap without using tape at all! Japanese wrapping techniques are usually the most popular in this “no tape” community, and the presents come out absolutely beautiful. So definitely check them out and give it a try this Christmas!
One final point in this section that I would love to mention is that paper isn’t always necessary for wrapping gifts. You can use so many different materials, such as cloth, twine or ribbon, items of clothing like scarfs or wraps, and other fun creative things. So if you want to, you can always
consider this alternate route and forget about paper altogether!
Packing It All Back for Next Year
If you’re like me, you also have a huge plastic bin with “Christmas” written on it in your storage. This is where I keep all my ornaments, Christmas house decorations, lights, and so on. I also happen to have quite a collection of breakable heirloom ornaments and little Christmas trinkets
in this box which need packing back up every January 1st.
Well, what better thing to use to pack all the fragile Christmas items than used wrapping paper? Yes, old newspapers work great, but who gets newspapers anymore?! Plus, it’s best to change the packing paper out every few years for the mustiness and/or wear and tear. What I’ve been
doing these past few years is using the wrapping paper from my kids’ presents to wrap all the fragile items in the Christmas box. It works perfectly, and it always puts old wrapping paper to good use for years to come.
Mind you, we mustn’t limit ourselves to simply packing the Christmas box with Christmas paper — there is a world of packing to be explored out there! Moving? Old wrapping paper. Sending fragile things in the mail? Old wrapping paper. Keeping all the crystal from clanking around in
the cupboard? You guessed it — old wrapping paper! It comes in really handy, and you’ll find a million uses for it around the house — trust a veteran like me!
I absolutely love collages. They’re so fun and easy to make, and it really makes me put my creative pants on — which I love doing! Thanks to today’s awesome Christmas paper availability, we have millions of different prints to choose from each year, and this makes for great collages.
To make a collage, all you really need is a backing of some sort, in which case I prefer using cardboard leftover from Christmas boxes or packaging, scissors (sometimes very precise ones), glue, Christmas paper of all descriptions, and a sealer or Modge Podge. You can also add things like Christmas cards, pieces of ribbon, little “garnishes” or pieces of tinsel, and anything else you’d like to display on your collage.