Have you ever wondered if you could reuse wrapping paper for other purposes? The short answer is “yes”, and here’s how!
Wasting things isn’t fun. In fact, it’s downright bad. And with all the birthdays, holidays and parties that we all attend each and every year, just think of all the ways that we could reuse wrapping paper with ease.
I don’t know about you, but my kiddos literally tear into gifts and are over them in about 5 minutes flat. And while they run about to the next run to play, the piles of wrapping paper just stare at me in the face. Why in the world did I spend $15 on wrapping paper to just have it ripped to shreds in minutes flat? Luckily, there are a ton of ways to reuse wrapping paper that I’m excited to share with you today!
Crazy Simple Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
Regift, regift, regift
There’s no shame in reusing and regifting wrapping paper. If it isn’t ripped, don’t buy new paper!
There’s some really cool wrapping paper out there that can be really cute in an old frame. Find it and frame it so you can enjoy it all year long!
Stuff those boxes
Did you know that balled up wrapping paper makes for great shipping stuffing as well? If you have to ship items that need a bit of cushion, save that wrapping paper to do the job!
Fold it, and gift it
There may be people in your community that doesn’t have the money to buy wrapping paper. Instead of tossing yours in the trash, gift it to them to use as they see fit.
I don’t know about you, but I have no shame in using other holiday paper to wrap birthday gifts. Who says you can’t bring a little Christmas spirit to a May birthday?
Turn it into envelopes or gift bags
If you’re crafty at all, you can turn your old wrapping paper into fun envelopes and gift bags!
Toss it around
Who says that playing with trash can’t be fun? Well, in the case of wrapping paper being the trash…it can be! Ball it up and play catch before pitching it to the curb.
Save it for moving day
How many times in your life do you plan on moving? If you don’t know, you need to start prepping and preparing now! Saving your wrapping paper to reuse when you move is a great idea, and will save you money on packing materials. Wrapping fragile items is super simple to do!
Give old furniture a new life
Sometimes bookshelves and other furniture items just need a pop of life or a new look. Finding a way to reuse wrapping paper by lining drawers or shelves can give a scratched up furniture item a brand new look!
How do you store wrapping paper until you’re ready to use it again?
This is where it’s important to store it somewhere that it’s going to stay neat and uncluttered. The last thing that you want to do is store your wrapping paper so it’s all wrinkled and ripped.
Because if you do that, you’re going to find yourself buying new wrapping paper time and time again.
I highly recommend getting a storage tub or container and having a designated place to store the wrapping paper. That way, you can easily grab it when you need it and you won’t lose time searching around and trying to find it.
It is wrong to reuse wrapping paper for different seasons and holidays?
If you’re asking me, my answer is no. There is no shame in my game to use Christmas wrapping paper for birthday presents. Seriously, it’s all one and the same that’s just going to be ripped apart and ripped off by someone else, right?
If you’re worried about what others will say and think, then don’t do it for gifts that you’re giving to others.
When it is not a good idea to reuse wrapping paper?
I would say that the only time that it’s not a good idea to reuse wrapping paper is when it’s all ripped up or wrinkled. But even though, you can still use it for packing material!
The next time you or your family members are tearing into the gifts, start keeping a stockpile of all the wrapping paper. There’s a great chance that the majority of it can be used over and over again! Think of all the money and time that you can save by using the wrapping paper that you already have. It’s a great way to keep all of that paper out of the landfill as well.
Don’t be worried about reusing wrapping paper…just think of it as one less thing that you’re going to have to buy next time!
Do you reuse wrapping paper? What’s one way that you do?