70+ Recycled Crafts from Gift Wrappings (Love to Learn Linky #23)

We recently had my kid’s birthday party where they enjoyed opening presents. When they where done my floor was covered with tissue paper, cardboard boxes,…


We recently had my kid’s birthday party where they enjoyed opening presents. When they where done my floor was covered with tissue paper, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbons. I didn’t have a plan for any of the gift wrappings, so it all went into the garbage. I love recycled crafts and hate to throw anything away that has creative potential. To make sure I am prepared for the aftermath of Christmas morning I made this list. I hope you find it just as resourceful as I do. There are so many ideas, don’t forget to pin this post so you can try them all! 🙂

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Most of the crafts below are created with new items in their tutorial. If you don’t have a pile of gift wrappings, you can just use new supplies :).   

Tissue Paper Crafts and Activities

Tissue Paper Art by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Tissue Paper Caterpillars by Teach Preschool
Tissue Paper Snail by No Time for Flashcards
Tissue Paper Heart Craft by Fun At Home with Kids 
Tissue Paper Rainbow Craft by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Tissue Paper Fish Bowls by Juggling With Kids
Tissue Paper Snow Paint by My Nearest and Dearest
Tissue Paper Stained Glass Flowers by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Tissue Paper Square Collage by Mess for Less
Tissue Paper Flowers by Hands on As We Grow
Tissue Paper Candles by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Tissue Paper Sensory Art by Left Brain Craft Brain
Tissue Paper Sensory Bin by And Next Comes L
Toddler Activity : Tissue Paper Bag by Hands On As We Grow
Tissue Paper Cupcake Shop by The Pleasantest Thing
Tissue Paper Lantern by Life with More Babies
Jam Jar and Tissue Paper Luminaries by The Imagination Tree
Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Mess for Less
Textured Tissue Paper Flowers by Buggy and Buddy

Cardboard Box Crafts and Activities

Homemade Stamps by Tiny Tots Adventures
Recycled Cardboard Box Ball Game by Little Bins for Little Hands
Cardboard Guitar by Red Ted Art
Small World Pretend Play with Cardboard Boxes by Sugar Aunts
Cardboard Box Fish Tank by The Gingerbread House
Indoor Hopscotch Game by Happy Hooligans
Printmaking for Kids with Recycled Cardboard by Where Imagination Grows
Cardboard City by Lemon Lime Adventures
Recycled Cardboard Flowers by Crayon Freckles
Recycled Building Blocks with Washi Tape by And Next Comes L
Cardboard Pirate Boat by Red Ted Art
Quick & Easy Pretend Play Cardboard Activity by Powerful Mothering
Build a Cardboard Castle by Reading Confetti
Pretend Calculator by Learn With Play at Home
DIY Cardboard Road Way by The Imagination Tree
DIY Box Rocket by Lemon Lime Adventures
DIY Recycled Kitchen for Pretend Play  by What We Do All Day
DIY Kids Car by Childhood 101
DIY Cardboard House by Artsy Craftsy Mom
DIY Train Platform  by Play Trains
DIY Cardboard Construction Set by Parenting Chaos
Recycled Cardboard Box Art Panels by TinkerLab

Wrapping Paper Crafts and Activities

Recycled Wrapping Paper Collages by Homegrown Friends
Wrapping Paper Story Cards by The Pleasantest Thing
Wrapping Paper Puzzle by Simple Fun for Kids
Recycled Paper Garland by The Realistic Mama
Recycled Paper Weaving by Handmade Kids Art
Gingerbread Man Gift Wrap by The Educators Spin On It
Giant Pinwheels by Kids Activities Blog
Wrapping Paper Snowflakes by Hands On As We Grow
Wrapping Paper Pattern Sorting  by No Time for Flashcards
Paper Tube Cuff Bracelets by Happy Hooligans
Wrapping Paper Roll Light Saber by Kids Activities Blog

Ribbon Crafts and Activities

Ribbon Pulling Spice Bottle with Bells by Powerful Mothering
Ribbon Wreath by the Practical Mom
Ribbon Rocket  by Teach Beside Me
Busy Play: Ribbons in a Bottle by Hands On As We Grow
Dancing Ribbon Rings by Buggy and Buddy
Cutting Practice Ribbon Confetti by Mom Inspired Life
Rainbow Lacing Busy Bag by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Ribbon Mobile by Green Owl Art
Weaving Looms by Buggy and Buddy
Butterfly Toddler Craft  by No Time for Flash Cards
Ribbon Threading by Here Come the Girls
Ribbon Flower Bouquet by Hands on As We Grow
Empty Ribbon Roll Dolls by Inheriting Our Planet
Ribbon Pull Board by Still Playing School
Ribbon Painting by Teach Preschool
Ribbon Tutu by Momdot
Ribbon Flowers by Kids Activities Blog

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Left Brain Craft BrainLeft Brain Craft Brain (leftbraincraftbrain.com): Anne is an ex-engineer, current stay-at-home mama writing about crafty ways to encourage creativity (and brain power!) in our kids. Each of her projects gives kids the chance to learn about a new subject and do something crafty at the same time.

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A Little Pinch of Perfect (alittlepinchofperfect.com): Katie combines creativity, play, and learning for the perfect mishmash of fun activities that keep kiddos entertained throughout the day. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of play and feels that all activities naturally provide a fun way to learn.

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  1. Such an amazing reference Katie! I'll definitely be visiting this page again after Christmas morning!

    1. Hi Sue, thanks so much! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

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