How To Use Leftover Christmas Wrapping Paper


Are you dreading the inevitable mountain of Christmas wrapping paper that’s fast approaching? Fear not! I’ve got some suggestions to help you put all that paper back to work! This list doesn’t work just for Christmas wrapping paper, but also for all sorts of wrapping paper, all year round.


Plain wrapping paper

Wrapping paper that’s not overtly Christmas-themed can be used all year round. If you are short on space then save these!

  1. Line your drawers, shelves, and storage boxes. A bit of color and pattern will liven up utilitarian spaces.

  2. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dunch, linner, dinner can all get the upcycled treatment. Line a serving tray.

  3. Cut out placemats using different patterns for bohemian chic and flip them over for a more consistent look.

  4. Paste it on some cardboard and make coasters for drinks.

  5. Wrap your flatware – napkin rings, chopstick covers, rewrap your disposable plasticware.

  6. Make a bouquet of paper flowers for a fun floral centerpiece.

  7. Cover all your books to give your shelves a stylish revamp.

  8. Cover cereal boxes and cardboard canisters to store small items.

  9. Cover tin cans and milk cartons and use them for vases or planters!

  10. Cover glass jars. Sometimes is difficult to get the glue gunk off the glass. Just cut out a strip of wrapping paper and cover it up.

  11. Wrapping paper is PERFECT for origami!

  12. Make a bookmark for the bookworm in your life or yourself.

  13. Get festive with pennant flag strings and a party hat.

  14. Wrap another present. Refresh the look with other decorative accents like bows and ribbon. If the paper isn’t coated, give it a light wash of watercolor or food coloring.

  15. Sometimes it’s so beautiful that it begs to be framed. Imagine how flattered the gift giver will be when they see that you appreciate their wrapping paper as well as their gift.

Christmas themed wrapping paper

A New Year’s Eve party hat with Santa on it would look silly. Decorative accessories covered in snowflakes would look weird in the spring. It’s easy to see why Christmas-themed wrapping paper (red and green, snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees, reindeer, manger scenes, etc) is less versatile, but it doesn’t mean our options are limited!

  1. Use it immediately to pack away delicate Christmas decorations. Cover a box, and use more leftover wrapping paper as packing material. Now you don’t even need to label the box, to know that it has Christmas stuff in it.

  2. You can also save it for packing material all year round.

  3. Create next year’s Christmas decorations – ornaments, garlands, wreaths, and countless other crafts that use paper.

  4. Save it to wrap next year’s gifts. Just roll it all back up!

  5. Make bows. Depending on the kind of bow you make, you can use it for next Christmas or other occasions.

  6. Make a card and matching envelope for Christmas thank you letter or belated Christmas greeting.

  7. Cut the paper into uniform sizes for a notepad. You can write on the plain side.

  8. Make paper doilies and put the plain sides up. Depending on how intricate you make your pattern, you could even use the right side up.

  9. Roll paper beads that you can use for other projects.

  10. Make a rolled paper vase or bowl.

  11. If you’re up for a challenge. You can take your old wrapping paper and make new paper! This isn’t upcycling per se. You’re just cutting out the middlemen and recycling the paper yourself.