How to Make Recycled Wrapping Paper Bows

Wrapping paper usually litters the floor on Christmas Day, and you will often have paper left over after wrapping birthday gifts or anniversary gifts at other times of the year.

Here’s a creative way to recycle all that surplus gift wrapping paper; you can use it to make beautiful paper bows.

This is a nice recycling craft idea for the kids to do after Christmas – just give them the supplies and let them make you a stash of gift wrapping bows for the next holiday season.

Paper Bag Tree

This paperbag tree is a great way to teach your children to recycle bags by helping them decorate for fall with this easy craft.

Rudolf the Reindeer Gift Bag Craft

Rudolph the Reindeer gift bag, was a great way to add an extra personal touch to the gift, especially using handprint antlers. “Thank you for guiding the way” was the perfect saying for this homemade teacher or family gift.

Handprint Christmas Tree Craft

Ten paper handprints glued together create a beautiful Christmas tree in this fun holiday craft for kids. Simply trace your child’s handprint, cut out 10 of them, and glue them together in the shape of a tree. Add a star on top and let your child decorate with stickers, glitter glue or even fingerprint ornaments and you have a beautiful Christmas craft that everyone will enjoy. We did this craft with both of our girls who are 5 years old and 18 months old. Our older daughter was able to do the craft with little direction, but even the tiny one was able to help. She loved using the glue stick and helping with the stickers so it ended up being great fine motor skill practice as well.

Cotton Ball Santa Craft

Ho Ho Ho! With paper plates, paint, lots of glue and cotton balls kids will love making our fun cotton ball Santa craft.  We’ve found that it can be hard to find a good Santa Claus craft that younger children can do which is what inspired this craft.  It has a bunch of fun textures with and makes a great exercise in following directions.  Your children will love the end result and it makes a great homemade Christmas decoration

Shredded Paper Snowman

When I saw this post on, I knew we had to make one.  Who knew that shredded paper could be so cute!  We added our own twist by creating the snowman shape with paper plates.  This little Shredded Paper Snowman is so easy to make, and your kids will love the process!

Make a Paper Plate Reindeer

A popular way to measure and treasure your child’s physical growth is by making handprints as keepsakes. This activity spotlights everyone’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph, and preseves your child’s handprints in his “antlers”. While embarking upon this nifty winter project, your child will utilize manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and hand/wrist flexibility.

Fall Tree Craft

Your child can celebrate autumn by creating their very own beautifully decorated tree cone, covered with bright leaves celebrating the season. These easy-to-make trees are created with a toilet paper roll, construction paper and foam. They make great place settings for parties or great decorations as a small sculpture to put on a window ledge.

Make A Paper Dahlia Wreath

Paper dahlia wreaths are becoming more popular these days as each version of it looks great!

Here is one, but of course you can choose any variety of colors.

It takes only minutes to create!