Wrapping paper is wasted every holiday. There are, however, several creative and practical ways to recycle your Christmas wrapping paper.
After all of the presents are opened, you look around and see piles of wrapping paper strewn about. Each year it takes several garbage bags to clean up the mess and you haven’t done much in the area of recycling. Here are some very easy ways to recycle your Christmas wrapping paper.
- Stuff the crumpled up wrapping paper in hats or purses to keep the form
- Cover your child’s school books with holiday wrapping paper to protect the text books
- Use a piece of wrapping paper to cover a cork board and hang it on the wall. Now you have a festive board to leave messages and your to-do lists.
- Cut the paper into 6 inch squares. Go online and follow directions to learn how to make origami shapes and animals.
- Use the paper around the base of a bouquet of flowers you are taking to someone special
- Cut a piece of the recycled wrapping paper to fit the front sleeve of a three ringed binder. Slide the paper in the clear, front sleeve to have a decorative binder.
- Cut the paper into small pieces and leave them by the phone. Use the white side of the paper to write down messages.
- Measure your drawers or cabinets. Cut the paper to fit and insert.
- If the paper isn’t torn or too wrinkled, you can always re-wrap a present. If there is a little wrinkle to the paper, iron the paper on the “wrong” side on low heat.
- Give your kids the job of cleaning up the paper and tell them to have a “snowball” fight