10 Things to Do with Leftover Gift Wrap
Unless your wrapping needs are miraculously in line with the exact amount you purchase, you never really get your money's worth when you buy gift wrap. Inevitably, you find yourself with leftover scraps or oddly sized pieces that end up unused and usually in the trash or recycle bin. Well, it's time to make that seemingly unavoidable excess a thing of the past.
1) Accessorize with bows and ribbon
How many times have you playfully put a holiday bow on your head? Well, why not make it a day-to-day hair accessory? Fasten it to a leftover ribbon and tie it up to secure it as a bright and cheerful fashion touch sure to get attention.
2) Homemade holiday decor
Cut out seasonal illustrations on gift wrap and apply them to magnets, bottle caps, or a simple cardboard backing to make cute decorations for the tree or just festive accents for your holiday table.
3) Wrapping paper is still paper, right?
Flip over those small sections of leftover wrap and you'll often find a blank white side perfect for taking messages or jotting down grocery lists. Larger sheets also make serviceable scratch pages that your household's budding artists can use for sketching and doodling.
4) Don't scrap the scraps
Even the thinnest strand of wrapping paper has some use. Save up those scraps to use as packing material when you move or to cushion fragile items in storage. You can even use them to line a birdcage or an Easter basket.
5) Gift cards with a homemade touch
Add illustrations from a gift wrap pattern to cardstock paper and create your own personal greeting cards. They add a warm touch that stands out from store-bought cards.
6) A rainbow of colorful confetti
Have a wedding celebration or big party on the horizon? Make it especially memorable with a shower of confetti that won't cost you an extra dime. Just save different wrap scraps, run them through any standard office shredder, and save the colorful strips to rain down on the bride and groom or other celebrants.
7) Piñata party? Fill 'er up!
What's more fun than watching a blindfolded kid take a big stick and whack away at a papier-mâché animal stuffed with candy? But unless you want a lot of broken sweets falling in the barrage, you'll want to add some paper filler as well. If you want a less messy container, use an old pillow sham loosely tied closed with a leftover ribbon so it comes undone easily with contact.
9) Book covers at a bargain
Protect school textbooks and other books for kids with paper covers that shield the original sleeves from dirt, dust and damage. Show off the wrap's original design, or flip it over to the white side so little ones can write and draw on the cover and make it their own.
8) Fun photo matting
Give framed photographs a background bursting with color by using wrapping paper with bright hues and patterns as matting behind a favorite picture.
10) Beautify your cat's bathroom!
OK, not really, but if you place newspaper under kitty's litter box, why not put unused wrap to the same use? He's tired of reading all that bad news while he does his business anyway.