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Handmade Holidays: Leftover Wrapping Paper 3 Ways

It’s almost a given – after the holiday festivities come the holiday leftovers. Whilst it might be tempting to get rid of all the excess before the New Year, we recommend giving your leftovers a makeover instead! Besides helping you not be wasteful, these three crafty how-to’s will save you a bundle during the holidays.

We all know the struggle – it’s just impossible to wrap a gift without wasting paper! No matter how hard you try to use only what you need, you’re guaranteed to end up with bits and scraps that just can’t be used for any of your remaining gifts.

Before you crumple up those scraps and toss them in the bin, we’ve put together three ways you can re-use that leftover wrapping paper. And the best part? They can be used as gifts or bows to top your wrapping!

1. Gift Bows

Being super resourceful during the holidays may be difficult at times, but here’s one really easy way to keep waste to a minimum, and save yourself from the ridiculous price tags on holiday wrapping.

What you’ll need

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make it

  • Prepare seven strips of paper:
    • 3 x strips 28cm long
    • 3 x strips 26cm long
    • 1 x strip 9cm long
  • Glue both ends of the 28cm and 26cm strips
  • Fold glued edges under to create bows
  • Repeat to remaining 28cm and 26cm strips to create six bows
  • Starting with the 28cm bows, glue and place each large bow to create circular base
  • Repeat with smaller bows
  • Glue ends of 9cm strip to create a circle
  • Glue 9cm bow in the centre as a base
  • …and decorate!

2. Mobile

Have a friend who is expecting, or having a bub of your very own? Why not get creative with all that leftover wrapping paper and create an adorable mobile for the little one? Because we all know that kids are often entertained by the simplest of things.

What you’ll need

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • String
  • Scissors

How to make it

  • Cover cardboard strip with wrapping paper using double-sided tape
  • Attach ends of cardboard using double-sided tape to create hoop
  • Fold paper airplanes in varying sizes using your leftover wrapping paper
  • Attach string to planes using double-sided tape
  • Attach planes to hoop at varying lengths
  • …and hang!

3. Bunting

Add a bit of fun to your New Year’s barbecue by reusing any leftover holiday wrapping paper to create decorative bunting. Not only will it bring a festive touch to your surroundings, it’s also super easy to put together.

What you’ll need

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Large sheet of card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Paper hole punch
  • String

How to make it

  • Attach card to wrapping paper
  • Trace large triangles
  • Cut out triangles
  • Punch holes in bottom edges of the triangles
  • Thread string across front
  • …and hang!

We’re willing to bet wrapping paper isn’t the only thing you’ve got left over from all the holiday festivities! If you have some excess ham, fruits and veggies, take a look at our tasty recipes for Festive Chutney or Ham and Pineapple pies and add being more resourceful to your New Year’s resolutions (no harm getting a head start).

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