Top 5 Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas

Top 5 Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas

It seems this year everyone is getting into upcycled Christmas presents. From candy wrapper handbags to record bowls, there is an awesome upcycled gift for everyone on your list. Therefore the logical next step is upcycled gift wrap. Here are our top 5 upcycled gift wrap ideas that are beautiful and creative and yet won’t break the bank.


1. Cereal box gift tags

These gift tags are easy and fun. All you need to do is cut open a cereal box and glue some scrap wrapping paper onto the branded side. Then cut the box into tags. Snip your corners to make the tags more appealing and knock yourself out decorating the label. We used decorative washi tape and stickers. You could also use stamps and markers. Then punch a hole and add some string or ribbon.

Source: Upcycle That

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2. Paper roll gift card holder

These upcycled paper roll gift holders are perfect for when you want to give a gift card. They are simple to make. Cut a paper roll down to size and then glue your reused gift wrap to the outside. Glue one side closed and insert the gift card. Punch a hole in the top and insert your ribbon.

Source: Nellie Bellie



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3. DIY gift bags

We love that these DIY gift bagscan be made using any paper and the method is super simple. To make take your paper of choice and loosely wrap it around a box. Glue the paper edges together and use tape to secure the bottom. Cut a piece of cardboard slightly smaller then the bottom for the base of the base. Pinch the edges to make a folded crease. Punch 2 holes on each side of the top of the bag and add some string for the handles.

Source: Eclectically Vintage

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4. Paint chip gift tags

These gift tags are super sweet and effective. The best part is how easy they are to make. Print a picture of an ornament, tree or any other holiday shape onto thick cardstock. Cut the shapes out and trace with a pencil on a paint chip. Cut out the paint chip and erase your pencil marks. Punch a hole for a ribbon and add it for the finishing touch.

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5. Button Cards

These button cards couldn’t be easier. Simply fold a nice piece of paper in half and draw a shape onto the front. You could do Christmas wreaths, snowflakes or any other design that tickles your fancy. If you’re doing a wreath trace around a lid to get a perfect circle. Then just glue the buttons on using a hot glue gun and if you’d like to, adorn with a ribbon.

Source: My Favourite Things


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DIY Smartphone Projector

DIY Smartphone Projector

This DIY smartphone projector is a fun and quick project. It turns out that it’s easy to turn your phone into a digital projector. You just need a few materials and a bit of ingenuity. Better yet, the cost of this project is around $1. Read on to find out how to make your own DIY smartphone projector.

DIY smartphone projector

Materials needed:

  • Smartphone
  • Magnifying lens (should be available at your local dollar store)
  • Shoe box
  • Paperclip
  • X-acto knife
  • Black electrical tape

DIY smartphone projector

Step 1 – Trace a hole

This project is a perfect example of why we never throw away a shoe box. They are just so great for so many different things!

To make your DIY smartphone projector grab a shoe box. Shoe boxes with dark insides work best, however you could always add some black paper or paint to adapt a lighter coloured box.

Working with the short side of the shoe box, trace around the outer edge of the magnifying lens. You might want to detach the handle from the lens of the magnifying glass first.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 2 – Cut out the hole

Using your x-acto knife, cut out the hole you just traced. Try to cut right on the line as you don’t want to let any light leak into the box.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 3 – attach the lens to the box

Now you want to attach the magnifying lens to the shoe box. Line up the lens to the cut out hole. Apply your black electrical tape around the entire edge of your lens. Make sure that the lens is snug and there are no holes for light to come through.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 4 – make a stand

The next step is turning your paperclip into a stand for your smartphone projector. We suggest following this tutorial. Of course if you already have a stand feel free to use that instead.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 5 – flip your phone’s screen

Here’s an interesting fact of science: when light passes through a lens the image gets flipped. Therefore in order to display your projected images correctly, you’ll need to flip your phone’s screen.

On an iPhone go to Settings > General Settings > Accessibility > Assistive touch > On.

This will activate an orb that you can use to flip your screen in photo applications. To activate the orb just tap it.  This will allow you to rotate your screen.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 6 – find focus

Locate a blank wall to project onto. In order to focus the image you’ll need to find the optimal placement for your phone in the box. Place your phone on it’s stand in the middle of the box. Walk it forwards and backwards until your image is nicely focused.

DIY smartphone projector

Step 7 – optimize the viewing experience

For the best viewing experience, turn off all the lights in the room and turn on full brightness on your phone. Be sure to use the slideshow mode on your photo app so you can go hands free. Now step back and enjoy your new DIY smartphone projector!

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