Merrrrry Chrrrrristmas! So? How did you clean up? Don’t act like Christmas isn’t all about presents! And you were a good girl this year, so we’re pretty sure Santa brought you everything you’d been eyeing lately. You’re now the proud new owner of a selfie stick and a bacon bowl maker, but you probably also have a ton of wrapping paper at your feet. What will you do with all of this packaging now that Christmas is a wrap? (See what we did there? Okay, we were bad, and Santa only brought us puns for Christmas.)
Whether you’re a painstakingly prudent present opener or just an over-shopper of holiday supplies, chances are you will be left tomorrow with a huge stash of wrapping paper. Sure, you can keep the rolls until next year (but how will you justify buying more at those post-Christmas blowout sales?) or just throw all your scraps away, but what’s the fun in that? So we’ve rounded up some great ideas for your leftover wrapping paper. It’s time to get your crafting cap on! Let’s make ourselves some Christmas miracles…
7 Ideas For Your Leftover Wrapping Paper
1. Deck the walls. With washi tape and Pinterest living so popular these days, there are some gorgeous wrapping paper options out there. Themed for holiday decorating or non-seasonal for the rest of the year, simply frame a piece like a work of art, and you’ll have yourself a merry little
Christmas, well, work of art.
2. Frame by frame. Looking to commemorate a joyous holiday season? Use scraps of festive wrapping paper (snowflakes, holly, reindeer, etc.) to make or wrap a mat for your framed photos. This way you won’t have any trouble remembering the occasion, and it spruces up a plain ol’ frame that could use a little holiday cheer.
3. Hone your crafting. A similar idea would be to use your leftover paper for scrapbooking! Especially if what you’re crafting is a page for this year’s Christmas festivities. Even more meta? Incorporate the wrapping paper from a present into a DIY thank you card and envelope for the original gift giver! So thoughtful, right?
4. Party trooper. Continue the holiday-themed theme with make-it-yourself party decorations! You can easily find online tutorials for making totally profesh-looking gift bows for next Christmas, or use glitzy metallic paper to create pendants, banners, or streamers to liven up New Year’s or your next super festive party.
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5. Cover new ground. Wrap tin cans to make simple-but-chic pencil holders for some desk organization that is both cool and convenient. You can even cover books, notebooks, clipboards, and bulletin boards to match! And what about out of the office? Line shelves and drawers and trays for pops of background color.
6. Pack a punch. Ultimately, wrapping paper is still paper, so even though it has on its party clothes, there’s no reason why you can’t use it like you would butcher paper or pages from a newspaper. Even crumpled up wrapping paper has a use! As packing material for fragile (or “fra-jee-lay”) items that need to be moved, mailed, or stored.
7. Confetti-ready. Christmas may be on its way out the door, but party season’s not over yet. Simply run your wrapping paper through the shredder for free New Year’s confetti! Or hold onto it until you need to line gift baskets or nest presents in their boxes. True, ’tis almost not the season anymore, but you can feel the party spirit all year long.