Forget buying expensive gift wrap! This DIY upcycled wrapping paper is made entirely with things found in your kitchen!
Looking through one of our kitchen drawers this week I found these adorable cupcake liners. I showed them to my husband who scoffed, “They’re terrible for baking!” (He’s all about the reusable silicone cupcake liners he got as a birthday gift from a certain thoughtful wife!)
Well, these striped paper cupcake liners were just too cute to toss, and I pretty quickly came up with the idea to use them to decorate wrapping paper. Carrying on with the recycling theme, I rounded up some paper shopping bags that would serve well as the actual gift wrap.
Supplies needed for this Christmas ornament upcycled wrapping paper:
- Paper shopping bags
- Colorful cupcake liners
- Gluesticks or craft glue
- Metallic silver marker
- Black marker
- Tape (for wrapping)
Here’s the easy instructions for this fun and “green” upcycled wrapping paper:
STEP ONE: Unfold the bottom of the shopping bag and cut along one side to form a flat sheet of paper.
STEP TWO: Trim to fit your box and wrap as you normally would.
STEP THREE: Press individual cupcake liners flat and coat the bottom with glue. (Glue sticks would probably be easiest, but strangely I couldn’t find any at the time, so I used craft glue and that was fine too.) Attach to paper and allow to dry.
(I found this awesome assortment of rainbow and metallic cupcake liners that would be perfect for this project if you don’t have any at home.)
STEP FOUR: Using a metallic marker and a black sharpie, I added details to make them look like Christmas ornaments.
Four steps — simple as that! It’s an easy project that you can do with the kids, plus you can feel good about reducing your paper waste. With this upcycled wrapping paper, I now have another fun and unique way to wrap my Christmas gifts this year. Now if only the holidays would get here faster!!
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