Repurposing Old Wrapping Paper For Fun Winter Crafts

Repurposing Old Wrapping Paper

The holidays were fun! But now that they’re over, what do you do with all that wrapping paper?

Repurposing old wrapping paper and using it to create an envelope can be a fun winter activity. This winter craft idea is an easy project for the whole family.

Most of the supplies for this project can be found around the house, or at a craft store, such as Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts. You’ll Need:

  • A work surface. Wax paper or a plastic mat work well.
  • Old wrapping paper
  • A wide foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stickers
  • Tape
  • Mod Podge

1. Cut your wrapping paper into a rectangle. The size is your preference for the envelope you would like to make. You can use a ruler for measurements.

2. Dip the wide foam brush into the Mod Podge. Apply the Mod Podge to the printed side of the wrapping paper. You can apply several coats if needed. Wait 20 – 30 minutes, or until the paper is dry.

3. After the paper dries, design the envelope. Place the wrapping paper with the print side facing down on the work surface. The envelope will be constructed in three sections. Fold the top and bottom parts toward the middle section. Crease all lines.

4. Construct the top of the envelope. The top section will need a point. In order to do this, fold both sides of the top part in. This will result in a triangle. Cut the sides off. The top of the envelope is complete.

5. Creating the envelope pouch. The pouch is constructed from the middle and bottom parts. Fold the bottom part up to the middle part on the existing crease line. Then, unfold the parts. Apply a small amount of glue on the inside edges of the middle and bottom parts. Attach the bottom to the middle section by holding the glue edges until dry. This will create the envelope pocket.

The envelope is complete! Insert a letter or card into the envelope and attach the top with a sticker or piece of tape.