Upcycled wrapping paper wall art

Tree by Lexi Himmel

Who doesn’t love unwrapping a present? But did you know wrapping paper is not good for the environment? According to Earth911, 2.3 billion pounds of wrapping paper end up in landfills every year and most of it can’t be recycled due to glitter, laminating, tape and more.

How do you know if your wrapping paper is recyclable? According to recyclenow.com, if it scrunches, put it in the recycle bin.

Hills by Kelsi Williams
HIlls by Dr. Kelsi Williams

This video will show you how to do the scrunching test. Wrapping paper should also be free of gloss, glitter, and tape before being recycled.

If you have wrapping paper that isn’t recyclable or want to reuse it in a creative way, you can make collage wall art by following these instructions from Oh Joy.

If you want to share your work, get your parents’ permission to email us a jpg file. We may use it on our website.

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.