Make Your Own Gift Wrap from Recycled Packing Paper


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August 29, 2017

Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - hand holding the wrapped giftI have an abundance of packaging paper that I receive and save from my online purchases.

One great way to re-use the packaging paper is to make my own gift wrapping paper. I personally do not believe in purchasing gift wrap paper at full price because it is going in the trash afterwards. When I do receive presents with gift wrap paper, I try my best to rip as little as possible so I can reuse the wrapping paper.


This is a simple and easy way to create your own gift wrapping paper with everyday essentials that we have at home. If you do not want circles, you can cut shapes or the pattern you like from cardboard and use that as your stamp.

This is perfect, especially for wrapping irregular shapes, adding your own personal touch to a gift and overall, it's fun, easy, and one of a kind, not to mention thoughtful too!


  • bottle cap
  • paint
  • packaging paper
  • tape
  • ribbon


  1. Find the packaging paper size that will fit the item you will be wrapping. I purchased this lovely candle for my mom. It's from Bath & Body Works for Home in eucalyptus scent made with essential oils. It smells amazing!
  2. Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - box filled with packing paper
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - choose a piece the right size
  3. Using your paint color of choice, pour some into a bowl. It is time to design your wrapping paper. I went with dots using bottle caps.
  4. Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - soda bottle caps
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - paper plate with caps and paint
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - using bottle cap as a stamp
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - first color stamped on paper
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - second color applied

  5. Allow your paper to dry.
  6. Ready to wrap your gift! Since candles are awkward to wrap, I just went with the flow and taped as I went along. Then I tied a bow at the top. I received the complimentary ribbon from Bath & Body Works.
  7. Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - jar to be wrapped
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - folding paper around the jar
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - complimentary ribbon
    Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - wrapped gift
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