Things To Do With Used Wrapping Paper

It is that time of year again…the time to buy Christmas wrapping paper only for it to end up in the garbage.  But that doesn’t have to happen.  Save some money this year by saving the good pieces for reuse.  I may get teased by my family members a little bit, but I am just trying to save a little bit of trash from ending up in our already large land fill.  Here are some tip on reusing wrapping paper:

1.  Be careful as you unwrap presents.  Especially the large packages.  These make good sheets of wrapping paper to reuse.

2.  Tissue paper can ALWAYS be reused.  I always take all of it home with me, even if it’s torn up a bit.

3.  Use torn up pieces of wrapping or tissue paper to fill boxes that you are shipping.

4.  Shred up wrapping paper to use a filler in gift bags.

5.  Make homemade paper.

6.  Get a circle cutter at a craft store and make gift tags.

7.  Get a half inch circle cutter and create garland with it.  Sew them together end to end.  Having different size circles give it interest.

8.  Use scraps for card making.

9.  Use the back side as scrap paper.

10.  Make homemade gift bows…like here.

No matter what you do with your Christmas wrapping paper, do something to prevent it from ending up in the trash.  And by doing this, you will save a bit of money.  What do you have to lose?

DIY Homemade Fabric Flowers

Do you have left over fabric laying around that you don’t want to throw away?  Well, don’t throw it away!  Use it to make these cute versatile flowers.  I had some fabric from my first project, the Magnetic Board.  They were scraps, so couldn’t be used for much of anything else.  Here is how you make them.  I was inspired by my Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription.

1.  Figure out the size of flower you want.  I found my Aromatherapy bottle to be of the right size.  Then, I trace the circle 8 times on the back of the fabric.

2.  Cut

3.  Fold the circles in half, then into fourths.  Glue.  Then fold in eights and glue again.  They should look like this; little pieces of pie.

4.  I cut out a circle from my left over homemade paper from my previous post to glue these onto. Glue on a small button in the center.

5.  At this point you can attach a magnet or the pin backing if you want to wear it on clothing.  Also, you could make a headband;  buy a plain headband, then hot blue this onto the side.  You can use this for many applications.  And how chic!

DIY Homemade Gift Tags

From my previous post DIY Homemade Paper I showed you how much Christmas paper trash I saved from going to the landfill.  I made a couple of batches of homemade paper to use for other crafts.  I came up with one great idea that can save you a little money and also make your gifts look chic.  Homemade Gift Tags!

1.  Collect all of your homemade paper.

2.  Decide on the size of tag you want, and trace circles all over your paper.  If you have any blemishes on the paper, or wrinkles cut around them.  Only use the best parts.  Save the rest for another batch of homemade paper.

3.  Cut out the tags.

4.  Use a paper hole punch to cut the holes for the ribbon.  I used my makingmemories Instant Setter tool to make the holes.  I got this a long time ago but I want to learn what all it can do.  I couldn’t find my hole punch and I like the size of the holes this tool made so I just used this.

5.  Finished.  Now you can adorn with ribbon of your choosing.  I suggest just slipping it into the ribbon you are already using for your wrapped package.  Or some nice twine or hemp string would look organic.

You can use these tags for bags, or wine bottles for a hostess.  You can use it for any holiday or birthday.  This was a fun and easy project.  I hope you consider saving some Christmas paper from the trash to make these nice tags!

DIY Homemade Paper

I have always wanted to make homemade paper.  There are so many things you can make with paper, and what a wonderful way to reduce garbage from going into the landfill.  In my case, the past couple of years I took about 10 bags of used Christmas
wrapping paper to use just for this purpose.  My whole intention is to make a butt load of paper.  I found some great sources to guide me along in my journey of becoming a paper-maker.  But instead of going there, follow my easy instructions with photos here!

Materials:
Waste Paper
Blender
Water
Wood Frame
Screen
Roller
Food coloring (optional)
Racks (optional)

Step 1:  Collect paper.


Step 2.  Get rid of tape. I’m not sure if taking off the tape does anything but common senses makes me think that it’s a slippery surface and if left intact the final paper product may not stay together.

Step 3:  Cut into small pieces.  Easier to stuff in a blender.

Step 4:  Fill the blender about 1/2 to 2/3 water and start adding paper.  I add a handful at a time because if you add too much it could make the pulp too dry, and cause your blender to stall.  If it get’s too dry, just add more water.

Tip:  Collect brightly colored paper that can’t be recycled (at least in our city) and add to your blender to add color.  By adding a teal envelope to my pulp I ended up getting light blue finished product.

Step 5:  Prop the screen over a surface that’s okay to get wet.  I put mine over the ledge of the tub.  I have a handy hand sprayer to help me clean up the mess.  Over a sink would do just fine.  I found an old window screen on the boulevard during spring clean up.  No purchase necessary.  I used some tulle because I though the holes on the screen would be too big.

Tip: You can buy wood frames made for making a canvas at a craft store, then buy screen and staple around the frame.  I have had trouble finding screen in my town so I used a window screen that I had on hand.

Step 6:  Dump pulp over the screen.

Step 7:  Lay a towel on top of the pulp.  In my case I used an old Tshirt that was destined for the garbage anyways.  (this blog is about being green, reducing waste :))

Step 8:  Roll out the excess water with the roller, this also flattens it.

Step 9:  Gently lift screen off sink, holding the towel/t-shirt steady to release from screen.  Once dry enough, lift paper off towel/old T-shirt.

Step 10:  Place on rack to dry quicker.  Once dry, place under heavy books to flatten.


Some things you can make with this paper.  Stationary, gift tags, cards, use in scrap-booking and ornaments.  I intend on blogging about what I make with my homemade paper once I accrue enough.  So please come back!  See you soon!