2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Upcycling: holiday packaging pencil cans

I did some of my holiday shopping online and got a bonus in one of the boxes. This cool brown packing paper was wrapped around some mugs from Crate & Barrel.





The items I bought were wrapped in yards and yards of it. I used some to wrap gifts and my packages looked so unique people asked me where I got the cool wrapping paper.


I decided to use a little of it to make some new pencil cans. This project was so fast and easy. All you need are clean cans, colored paper and the cool packaging paper.


Wrap you can in the colored paper and tape the ends together. Use the packaging paper and loosely wrap the can tucking in the bottom and top ends. You can glue the bottom or use tape. Easy!


I used one can for paint brushes, one for my new shiny metallic Sharpies and one for twine. The little bee is a photo or card holder that I propped inside the can.


I love this paper. It’s hard to believe it was packaging wrap.


How about you? Do you recycle gift wrap and bits of paper? I’d love to hear your great ideas for recycling holiday wrap.


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23 comments:

  1. So beautiful :) Love reuse n recycling..

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  2. I recieved the same wrapping paper and wrapped some of my Christmas gifts in it and they loved the wrapping so much they kept it!

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  3. I saved a bunch of that packing paper too! So much nicer than bubble wrap :)

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  4. Qué buena idea!! absolutely perfect!

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  5. Carolyn, only YOU can make BROWN PAPER PACKING Seem exciting! love it! :-)

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  6. Great idea, Carolyn! And I love that you used it for your gift wrap, too. I have an unhealthy stash of similar items that seem a shame to throw out. ;)

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  7. That's so fun! I love the idea of using it as gift wrap too ... and what a great way to recycle!

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  8. That is cool packaging material. I haven't run across it yet. Great idea on how to repurpose it!

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  9. That is my favorite packaging material ever. It looks so cool and contemporary now!

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  10. What a great upcycling project! I would love for you to come link up at my weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I'm working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I'm hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants! http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-2.html

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  11. How unique! At first I thought the outside paper might have been suede. Makes me think that a Martha Stewart "punch around the page" would create an interesting pattern to use in lieu of your great find. Maybe the packaging used around those "apple-pears" at the grocery store would work too? Fun, fun, idea!

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  12. This is so darn unique!!! I love it.

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  13. Carolyn, you have such an eye! Beautiful and creative repurposing with a chic and original twist!

    Jenn

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  14. I have never seen paper like this before. At first I thought you had cut it all. Such a great way to recycle it.

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