As I have been trying to dig out from the clutter of Christmas I discovered I had at least half a dozen rolls of wrapping paper that each had only a foot or two left on them. I was seriously contemplating just throwing them out but just couldn’t bring myself to. :-)
So I did a little research and one idea led to the next and soon I had several great alternative ideas to tossing it out with the trash.
My favorite ideas involved using a very under utilized item in my house….my paper shredder.
Since New Year’s Eve was just around the corner (this was a few days ago) I decided to shred up some of my shiny variety Christmas paper and make party confetti!
Just take your leftover piece of wrapping paper, fold it over on itself a few times until it fits within the width of your shredder and feed it through.
For me, it’s just not a New Year’s Eve celebration without some sort of confetti involved! I know it can be kind of a pain to clean up, but hey, it only comes around once a year and that’s what vacuums are for.
Another great use for the shredded paper…………..
………….is packing material for protecting and/or storing fragile items, including delicate Christmas decor. Or use it as filler for homemade gift baskets throughout the year.
If you don’t have access to a shredder…here are a few more ideas:
Old Christmas wrapping paper or tissue paper make great sewing patterns!
Take larger pieces of wrapping paper, flip them over, hang them on the wall of your kid’s room, and let the kids have at it! They’ll love decorating their new “wallpaper.”
Make festive bunting for a party, or just for fun!
Did you know you can curl paper like you can curl ribbon? Well you can! Make your own bows from old paper.
Roll paper beads that you can use for craft projects.
Take your old wrapping paper and make NEW paper!
Cut your leftover gift wrap into squares and make beautiful origami paper!
Use leftover wrapping paper to line a party tray…..
…..or a drawer.
And finally, once you’re finished recycling your wrapping paper, don’t throw away the paper tube it came wrapped around!
Those are great for keeping wrapping paper from unrolling. No more pieces of tape that drive you mad trying to get off!
They are also great for storing and protecting tapered candles. Wrap with a little leftover tissue paper and store inside the tube.
Whatever you happen to do with your leftover wrapping paper, I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!
See you next year! ;-)