10 Clever Ways to Use Recycled Wrapping Paper

Reduce, reuse, and repurpose your leftover holiday paper. Many families will have dozens of rolls and scraps of only a foot or two that went unused, but with a few smart moves, you can give it new life rather than throwing it all in the waste bin. With a little research, we’ve compiled a list of the ten best ways to recycle your holiday wrapping paper.

  1. Update Your Storage

A vintage crate is a fantastic way to add storage to your home. However, if you want to forgo the rustic look and brighten things up, you can use old holiday wrapping paper and a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure to apply with a strong adhesive!










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  1. Art

Sometimes holiday wrapping paper is incredibly beautiful, so why not turn it into something you can enjoy year-round and hang it on your wall? Additionally, with some scissors, tape, and a little ingenuity you can turn your paper into decorations for your New Year’s Eve party.










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  1. Line Trays

In the same spirit of throwing a party, you can line your serving trays with any Christmas paper you have left over. If it’s great quality and a fun print, it’s a fun and easy way to make a statement.









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  1. Make Gift Bows

Did you know you could make beautiful bows from your Christmas paper? Make your gift giving even more exciting with this simple tutorial. All you’ll need is some paper and double-sided tape. It’s great for the environment and on the budget.










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  1. Clean Your Windows

Did you know newspaper and wrapping paper are the best materials for cleaning windows? Unlike paper towels or rags, they don’t leave behind streaks. Just crumple up your unused paper to give your windows a good shine.







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  1. Shred It

If you have a paper shredder, you put your paper through to create stuffing for birthday gifts or use them next year to fill out Easter baskets. Additionally, it’s also a creative way to make confetti for your next celebratory gathering!










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  1. Scrapbook

If scrapbooking is a favorite hobby, use Christmas paper as the backdrop for your photos. Most materials used to scrapbook can be a little pricey, so this is not only a great way to remember this festive time, but to save a little money.










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  1. Book Cover

Kids who need to cover their books for school can reuse leftover Christmas wrappings. The goal of a book cover is to protect the exterior, and wrapping paper can do just that while adding a little sparkle to the mix.








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  1. Keep For Storage

Sadly, the holidays aren’t year-round which means at some point after the season is over, the tree has to go back in the attic. Any scraps or unused wrapping paper quickly turns into a protective barrier for the delicate ornaments. You can also utilize the paper to store other fragile items in the house.

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  1. Make Envelopes

If you are looking for a fun challenge, you can use extra paper to make little envelopes. Utilize these envelopes for giving gift cards, cash, or smaller gifts like jewelry for next year.










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For more helpful recycling tips, visit our blog! Of course, if your waste management and disposal needs require something a bit more heavy-duty than a recycling bin, give PBS Services a call.


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