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15 Best Crafts to Make with Gift Wrap

With the holidays approaching, consider keeping your leftover wrapping paper to make all sorts of DIYs and craft projects. 

There are so many pretty paper designs that it’s a shame to simply toss the paper aside. We’ve gathered 15 of the best DIY projects to make using gift wrapping paper.

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Things to Make with Leftover Wrapping Paper

We have a full collection of creative and inexpensive ideas for reusing gift wrap that we’re certain the whole family will enjoy! When you’re done looking through the projects, we’d love to know which is your favorite way to reuse and repurpose wrapping paper?

DIY Jewelry at Home

Save those wrapping paper scraps to make beauitful DIY resin poured earrings for yourself or as a truly unique gift idea for someone in your life. We used this gorgeous gift wrap with a buffalo plaid pattern that really pop as a pair of earrings and necklace pendant.

Upcycled Gift Wrap Resin Jewelry
Reuse holiday gift wrap by turning it into resin jewelry with this step by step tutorial.
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Christmas Crafts to Make with Gift Wrap

Another fun way of using up scraps is with this DIY wrapping paper photo frame idea. Put your favorite photo inside and hang it on the tree as a Christmas ornament to enjoy over the holidays!

Wrapping Paper Photo Frames
This wrapping paper photo frames craft is easy and fun to make, Create your own photo ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give out as gifts.
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Talk about creative! The next time you have crumpled up wrapping paper, skip the recycling bin and turn it in to an impressive Christmas tree centerpiece!

Christmas Wrapping Paper Tree Centerpiece
Have fun crumpling wrapping paper to make an upcycled Christmas tree that you can use as an adorable and unique table centerpiece.
Check out this project

DIY Party Decor

Perhaps a little bit out there but I love the idea of making these origami waterbombs as 3D origami ornaments to hang on the tree over the holiday season.

Origami Waterbombs
Use leftover wrapping paper to make these origami waterbombs which you can use as decorations or as a messy water game.
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Although this craft was made with pretty card stock paper, it can just as easily be made using old wrapping paper. Add a bit of whimsy to your decor with this DIY project idea. I love the playful polka dots on the paper used in this craft.

Whimsical Paper Fairy Garden Craft
Create a whimsical fairy garden wreath craft using leftover wrapping paper, decorative moss and some woodland themed accessories.
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How amazing would these DIY paper stars look as party decor around New Years, baby shower or even for a birthday party!

DIY Paper Stars
These DIY paper stars can be used with leftover gift wrap and they'll make a beautiful decor piece for any occasion.
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DIY Home Decor Ideas

Create your own budget friendly gallery wall art using beautiful wrapping paper and picture frames.

Wrapping Paper Gallery Wall
Make a budget-friendly gallery wall using wrapping paper and picture frames
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Sometimes wrapping paper is just too beautiful to toss away. If you’ve ever fallen in love with gift wrap, consider framing it as artwork on your wall.

DIY Artwork
Quickly add artwork to your home with this super simple tutorial using wrapping paper.
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We LOVE upcycled furniture projects and this idea of using gift wrap and Mod Podge to elevate an old dresser is brilliant and totally unexpected!

Dresser Makeover using Gift Wrap
A DIY dresser makeover need not be complicated or time-consuming! See how simple it was to turn a wood dresser from blah to wow with wrapping paper.
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If you happen to have extra wrapping paper lying around, why not upgrade a boring old bookcase!

Upcycled Bookcases
Change up your decor with upcycled bookshelves. Use white paint and wrapping paper to upgrade an old bookcase or built in.
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DIY Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Over the years, I’ve often used leftover holiday gift wrap to make gift tags but I really love this simple idea of making thank you cards!

Recycled Wrapping Paper Thank You Cards
Recycle wrapping paper and gift tags with your kids to make special thank you cards after a special occasion.
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Jazz up your gift bags and gift cards with these DIY wrapping paper bows.

Paper Bow
These DIY paper bows for gifts at Christmas or birthdays can be made with recycled wrapping paper.
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This next craft is an easy way for someone looking to add that perfect personal touch to christmas gifts using plain and inexpensive tissue paper.

Tie-Dye Wrapping Paper
This fun craft project is fun for kids and a great way to make your own one of a kind wrapping paper.
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Make your own creative gift wrap by repurposing wrapping paper into lovely gift bags for the holiday season.

DIY Gift Bags
Use pretty wrapping paper to make your own gift bags.
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Other Craft Ideas using Gift Wrap

Not just for home decor and crafting, wrapping paper scraps can be used to make little seedling pots for indoor gardening.

Paper Seedling Pots
Turn wrapping paper and other cardboard tubes into a fun learning experience for kids with this seedling pot tutorial
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We have a similar crafting obsession with beautiful paper napkins! Just look at these creations made simply by decoupaging napkins on to inexpensive surfaces.

Oh and further to that, we’ve even shared other creative ideas using an old map. It sure feels good to reuse!

Thank you so much for stopping by! We hope you’ve been inspired to craft something special with pieces of wrapping paper. Have you ever saved wrapping paper for crafting?

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