Upcycled Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

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The more I can save on my gift wrapping budget, the more I can spend on gifts. I have always enjoyed the challenge of creating with upcycled items. Using recycled items allows you to save money, save the landfill and create amazing and surprising gift wrap. As a busy, busy mom, I also need my gift wrapping to be quick and easy to do. These upcycled Christmas gift wrapping ideas meet all those requirements and have the wow factor, too.

There are unique gift wrapping ideas using recycled items for every crafting ability. Don’t worry if you’re a craft-challenged friend. I truly only share easy-to-do projects. I’m too busy for complicated! Check out these festive ideas and find one (or two, or three) to try out. You’ll be proud as can be when you see all your lovely, creatively wrapped Christmas presents sitting under the tree. 

Why use recycled items for gift wrapping:

  • Earth-friendly
  • Frugal
  • Fun
  • Creative
  • Surprising
  • Reusable

Last year I shared 30+ Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas and 10+ Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas for Bows, Tags & More. 

Upcycled Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Creative Gift Wrap Idea – A beginning sewing tutorial to create warm, cozy gift bags from upcycled sweaters.

Repurposed Packaging for Treat Giving  – Decorating jars, bottles and jars to create charming gift packaging for baked treats. 

DIY Gift Card Holders – Jazz up a present of gift cards using recycled Christmas cards and this simple tutorial.

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Surprise Gift Cards Christmas Gifts – A quick-to-make present idea to give a gift card in a surprising way. 

Upcycled Sweater Projects Wine Gift Bag – A fun and unique gift bag to give wine as a gift.

Repurposed Pants Made into an Upcycled Wine Gift Bag – A simple beginning sewing project using repurposed pants to make a gift bag for a bottle of wine. 

Repurposed Sweater Sleeve Gift Bags – Recycled sweaters make lovely and charming gift bags that can be used again and again for years. 

Frugal Upcycled Fabric Gift Bags – You can make adorable gift bags for pennies using upcycled fabric from the thrift store.

Repurposed Cloth Napkin Boxes – Thrift store cloth napkins make unique gift boxes that can be used for storage and organizing, too. 

Recycled Laundry Scoop Gift Topper – Decorate your presents with adorable gift toppers make from recycled plastic laundry scoops.

Repurposed Santa Treat Box – Use plastic containers from Thanksgiving to make festive treat boxes. 

Repurposed Plastic Container Snowman – Using a different colored plastic container from Thanksgiving, create a snowman themed gift box.

Repurposed Gift Tag Gifts – Sometimes it works out that you can use the actual gift as a gift tag. 

Magazine Flower Bows – A simple and sweet project that you can make yourself or with children. 

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Easy Envelope Gift Bag – Make a last-minute gift bag with items you already have at home.

I love that these fun upcycled Christmas gift wrapping ideas are reusable so that we can enjoy them year after year. Happy creative present wrapping this year!

See all my most festive Christmas ideas, printables and recipes in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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  1. Such cute ideas. I just got off of the phone with a client talking about what to do with vintage napkins. I think I should call her back and suggest she use them as gift wrap:)

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