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CHRISTIAN COUNTY — It is that time of year again. Time for frantic shopping, wrecking your brain trying to find the perfect gift, and wrapping. So much wrapping. If you are like me, then you might not be the best at wrapping presents. I try, but I end up with a lot of never cut ends of wrapping paper that aren’t good for anything.
Or so I thought.
I’m not the type of person who enjoys wasting, so I tried to find some of the most fun and enjoyable crafting projects that can be done with left over wrapping paper. The following collection is a small amount – any quick search through your favorite internet browser will likely turn up many more. However, these were my favorites. That is why, when we wrap our presents this year, save those loose ends and uneven strands. They may just turn into your next crafting project.
This may surprise no one, but wrapping paper is really pretty. So then, why not take your scraps and left over pieces and turn them into some truly eye-catching art. Collages are easy and require little to no artistic eye. I should know: I don’t have an art bone in my body and yet I can still make a collage. This is a super easy and fun way to decorate a bare wall in your house, apartment, or even a dormitory room for those who are college bound. Even young children can get involved, to decorate their rooms the with some of their very own art. Just be careful when using the mod podge to keep it out of curious little mouths.
For this project, you’ll need a frame of any color or size – choose one that fits the project you are setting out to do. I recommend starting small and working your way up to larger pieces if you are uncertain. You’ll also need to grab a foam core, mod podge, and a paint brush. All of these can be found at your local craft store or bought online. Just be aware that online purchases may take a while to arrive with the backlog in shipping. You might even check around at home before going shopping; there is a good chance some of these items will already be laying around the house. That is especially true if you have a crafty loved one in your house.
To begin making your art, sort your wrapping paper scraps. Try to put together colors that look nice, or all fall within the same color groups. For example, if you have a bunch of pastel wrapping paper in different colors, those are one group. If you have a bunch of shimmery metallic tones, thats another group. Once you have your wrapping paper sorted, here comes the fun step. You can begin tearing the scraps into strips and shapes of all sizes. Let your frustrations out by ripping apart wrapping paper! Try not to go overboard and make confetti; while you can make that out of wrapping paper, this project does not require such tiny pieces.
Once you have a good amount of paper ripped up, paint the mod podge on the top and bottom of the paper. Cover the whole thing. Then stick the wrapping paper pieces to the foam core that matches the size of your frame. Continue to layer and apply wrapping paper to the foam core until you are satisfied. Once you are done, let the foam core dry. Put the beautifully decorated core into the frame and display on your walls proudly!
The wrapping paper art doesn’t just end with the artwork itself, though. You can actually make decorated picture frames using left over wrapping paper! Many of your most important holiday pictures can be made extra special by putting them in a festive-themed frame that you made with your own two hands. It’s not hard, but it’s certainly will add some punch to your holiday decorating.
To get started, you will need some wrapping paper, a cardboard cereal box, a picture you want to frame, scissors, and some glue. This project does require the use of scissors, so if you are doing it with little ones, please be careful. To begin, cut a piece of the cereal box out that is slightly bigger than the photo you are framing. Select the left over wrapping paper you want to use for this project and cut out a center square slightly small than the photo you are framing. Next, carefully cut the wrapping paper into an open envelope shape.
Now carefully fold the wrapping paper around the cardboard and check the fit. If you like it, place your photo on the cardboard, then wrap the wrapping paper around the photo and cardboard, making sure the photo is visible through the hole cut in the wrapping paper.
Glue down the edges and you’re done!
If you so desire, you can add a little more style to your festive frame by adding decorative ribbon or tape, but that is up to the individual crafters. There is no right or wrong way to craft; trust your instincts and have fun.
Do you have a lot of left over wrapping paper and a collection of jars? Then, you are in luck! You can use left over wrapping paper to add some holiday sparkle to your jars. Only do this if you are not planning to use the jars for canning or food storage.
You can use recycled old canning jars, or jars picked up from the dollar store. Along with the jars, you will need wrapping paper scraps, mod podge that dries to a matte finish, scissors, a pencil, and a medium sized crafting paint brush. Just like with the artwork project, many of these items may already be lying around your house, waiting to be used.
Once you have gathered your jars together, wash them thoroughly. Remove labels and grime until they are squeaky clean. If you jar has a funny smell from sitting in the ditch for too long, soak it in a bleach water solution. Let the jars completely dry before beginning.
Lay the jar lid face down on the back side of the wrapping paper you plan to use. Trace then lid onto the paper with the pencil. Once that is done, remove the lid and trace a circle around the first one that is bigger than the actual size of the lid. It is recommended that you add about 1/4” to the size of your circle. You can use a round object to trace if you find one in the correct size. I usually find a used roll of duct tape helps, or a lid off one of those three-wick candles from my favorite store.
Cut out your double circle. Cut slits about 1/4” apart around the circle that go from the outer edge to the inner circle, the one that is the same size as the jar lid. Next, coat the inside circle with mod podge and adhere it to the jar lid. press it down firmly with clean fingers. Lay the lid face down on a hard surface and start glueing the strips down in a clockwise direction on the inside of the lid. coat two or three steps with the mod podge at a time and fold each one up and over the lip of the lid before pressing them firmly down on the inside. Continue until all the strips are glued down.
Turn the lid over so the pretty pattern is facing upwards. Coat the entire lid with mod podge to seal the paper in. Let the lid dry, then you can put it back onto the jar.
You can now use your beautiful new jars to store crafting supplies, coins, or anything else that might need an eye-catching new home.
Armed with the knowledge of these three projects, it is my hope that you do not end up buried in reams of left over wrapping paper by the end of the holiday season. Try some of these out with a friend, or just enjoy a simple crafting project by yourself. Whatever you can do to make your holiday a little brighter, please enjoy yourself.