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50 Things To Do With Paper Scraps

Every paper artist has that pile, whether it is neatly organized and out of sight or in a messy stack on a tabletop. You know the one - the pile of leftover paper scraps from a recent project (or two or ten). If you are a good scrapper, you feel like you have committed a murder every time you toss any of them into the trash. I am here to help save you from going to scrapper prison, with a few ideas on ways to use up those pretty scraps!

  1. Make a collaged border.
  2. Make matching cards.
  3. Donate to a local preschool or daycare.
  4. Make gift tags.
  5. Mix and match squares for a fun background.
  6. Make die-cut shapes.
  7. Create a whimsical mosaic.
  8. Make a paper piecing.
  9. Make a mini album.
  10. Host a scrap party - have a few friends over and exchange scraps.
  11. Give them to your kid
  12. Cover a chipboard shape or monogram.
  13. Decorate a gift box or bag.
  14. Embellish wooden letters.
  15. Layer circles of different sizes to make posies. Add a button or brad to the center.
  16. Embellish a pillar candle with a paper ring.
  17. Make napkin rings.
  18. Make Christmas ornaments.
  19. Make Christmas garland chain.
  20. Punch out little shapes (such as hearts or flowers).
  21. Cut into thin strips to weave.
  22. Cover wooden clothespins.
  23. Frame small photos and put them on the fridge or bulletin board.
  24. Make magnets.
  25. Create butterfly art on canvas.
  26. Adhere to the bottom of clear glass bubbles for magnets or pushpins.
  27. Make labels for stuff (like in your pantry or scrapbook room).
  28. Throw them out (*gasp*).
  29. Make title letters (mix and match patterns for fun).
  30. Decorate a large binder clip to use as a photo or note holder.
  31. Mat a photo.
  32. Make a bookmark.
  33. Cover a small notepad.
  34. Gather a cellophane bag full of patterned scraps give them to a scrapbook friend.
  35. Silhouette the design in patterned paper.
  36. Line the bottom of little gift boxes.
  37. Create photo corners.
  38. Cover a Scrabble tile with scraps and glossy accents to make a pendant.
  39. Fold scraps to make tabs.
  40. Layer strips behind a photo or journaling.
  41. Punch circles to make a scalloped edge.
  42. Staple strips around the edge of the paper.
  43. Glue onto large paper clamps and embellish to make quick picture holders.
  44. Cover index cards to make a booklet.
  45. Accent a pre-made embellishment.
  46. Accent a stamped image.
  47. Appliqué a simple design.
  48. Cover blocks of wood for home décor projects.
  49. Decoupage an inexpensive wooden tray.
  50. Use inside a small photo frame with index photos (or simply frame pretty patterned paper).

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