I don’’t know about you, but I always seem to end up with lots of leftover strips of wrapping paper at Christmas time, and as I don’’t like having the same paper year after year, I always end up just throwing these leftover bits away. So I thought it would be a good idea to use them up in other ways. Here are three ideas to decorate using these paper scraps.


here's what you'll need...

  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Templates (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine ideally, or needle and thread
  • String or ribbon
  • Thin card (optional)




With all three of these projects, if you are using a very flimsy wrapping paper, firstly glue it to some thin card before cutting out your shapes to make them more sturdy.

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here's how it's done...

Christmas Tree Garland

Print off the provided template and cut out the Christmas tree shape.


Take a strip of wrapping paper wide enough to fit your Christmas tree on, place the template at the end of the strip, then fold the strip in a concertina. You can blu tac the template in place to stop it from shifting while you cut. Cut out, and you should end up with a few Christmas tree shapes.


You can make them all in the same paper, or use a few different ones. I used gold and copper paper for mine. On your sewing machine (ideally), sew stitches through from the top of the tree to the bottom, leave a small gap and then sew on the next tree.



Star Shaped Favours

Cut out the star shaped template, and then as above cut out a few star shapes using the template.


Place two pieces together – you can use a piece of blu tac to keep the edges level, then stitch around the edge of the star on your sewing machine (or by hand),– make sure to leave one point of the star open.


Slip some chocolate coins or other small gifts inside the star and then stitch up the opening.



Napkin Name Tags

Cut out the circle template and as above cut out a few shapes from your wrapping paper using the template.


Make a hole using a large needle then thread some string or ribbon through it. Write your guests names in gold pen on the other side and tie to your napkins.


The lovely thing about using up your wrapping paper in this way, is that these details in your décor will tie in with all those beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree! Your guests will be impressed with your attention to detail!


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By Caroline Rowland on 07.12.15

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