Keep It Green for the Holidays

Did you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%?

To counter all that waste, wrapping paper can be the real gift that keeps on giving. Don’t toss that gift wrap – find a way to re-use it! There are tons of crafty DIY projects that incorporate gift wrap and if you’re not-so-crafty, like me, there are even some easy ways to get creative with gift wrap.

Here are a few simple things you can do with wrapping paper that don’t require much effort or time.

Enhance your office décor Re-use that wrapping paper to add some life to your office supplies. Take a tin can and wrap it with the paper of your choice to create a unique pen/pencil holder. This is a great way to add a pop of color or a fun pattern to your office décor and it keeps your smaller supplies in one easy location. The same enhancement can be done for clipboards. The color and pattern of the paper can make a big difference in the look and feel of your office supplies.

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Pack it up Shred the paper and use it as packing material to protect fragile items and prep them for storage. This can be a great way to store those holiday decorations.  If you don’t have a way to shred the paper, then just crumple it up and use it as padding. And if you’re giving a fragile gift, shredded wrapping paper is also a great way to present and protect that gift. Plus, the paper can be used over and over again.

There’s no shame in re-gifting wrapping paper In fact, it’s very thoughtful of you. Putting the environment first is a selfless service. If you have managed to gently open a gift without damaging the paper then kudos to you! Now you can use that paper next year to wrap your gifts with no further harm done to the environment.

Revive boring furniture If the paper isn’t holiday themed then consider using it to bring new life to a boring piece of furniture, like the back of a bookcase or perhaps the inside of cupboards and drawers.

Use it to entertain Create festive tray liners for serving food at your next party. Simply find the serving tray you want to use, measure the paper and tape it down to the tray. This can totally change the appearance of your food presentation. Don’t be surprised if you get lots of compliments.

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So the next time you receive a gift, even though it can be fun to tear up that paper like a wild animal, it’s more environmentally friendly to open it with care. Just think of each present as two gifts in one since the paper is a gift in and of itself. And the better the condition of your wrapping paper, the more options you’ll have for those fun DIY projects.

Who knows, maybe you’ll even invent a new DIY gift wrap project that no one has ever thought of before! Have you ever used recycled gift wrap in a crafting project? Leave a comment below and share your ideas.