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Merry Christmas, MacGyvers! If you were wrapping or unwrapping presents today or tomorrow, this column is for you! Most people throw wrapping paper scraps away or save them for the next holiday, but what if you could recycle Christmas wrapping paper into something altogether more elegant? Take a look at these recycled Christmas wrapping paper crafts and get ideas to turn your paper scraps into something more than closet clutter or garbage bag filler.

wrapping paper drawer liner

Jen of I Heart Organizing has a smart, year-round idea for leftover wrapping paper: Pretty, graphic drawer liners! As she points out, they’re a nice surprise when you’re rummaging for your clothes. Take a peek at her suggestions here.

wrapping paper wine bottle

Treat your friends and family to custom-wrapped wine bottles, like the ones I spotted on BHG. Just a bit of wrapping paper adds a special holiday touch on last-minute gifts or hostess offerings. Try it for your New Year’s Eve bubbly, too!

wrapping paper art

Wrapping paper can become art with a little ingenuity. Elizabeth of Little Black Door created the look of wall panels with gift wrap and some ribbon. See all of her instructions on her blog.

wrapping paper gift bags

Did you use more gift bags than wrapping paper this season? If so, turn your leftover wrapping paper into DIY gift bags with this tutorial from Just One Mom Trying. Now you can relax until next year.

wrapping paper topiaries

You can get a jumpstart on your Christmas 2013 decorations with wrapping paper as well. Recycle your favorite patterns for Christmas topiaries — just grab a few candlesticks or vases and follow Emily’s instructions on 52 Mantels.

Which wrapping paper craft is the most stylish way to recycle? And do you have any household items you’d like to see turned into crafts in this column? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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4 Responses

  1. janet switzer says:

    purple room(plum) as it is need a nightstand i found itnow the ugly green chair needs to go bring in pop of color another way. night stand is grey

  2. janet switzer says:

    pinterest and hgtv that was fun..can i play again..

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  4. […] on Designer MacGyver…we’ve covered wrapping paper and newspaper, but surprisingly, wallpaper hasn’t made the list. I say […]

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