The 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah have begun, and with it comes 8 nights of presents! Unfortunately, that can also mean 8 nights of wrapping paper going in the garbage. According to Earth911.com, wrapping paper and shopping bags account for about 4 million tons of trash per year in the United States. Since local authorities do not always allow you to throw your used wrapping paper in your recycling bin, you may need to think creatively in order to avoid waste.
To help you out, we’ve come up with 8 creative ways to reuse wrapping paper – one for each night of Hanukkah! (Of course, these tips can also be used after Christmas, birthdays, or any other gift-giving holiday or event.)
1) Used wrapping paper is often too messy and wrinkled to wrap another gift, but you can shred it up and use it as "fluff" in gift bags.
2) Cut up the paper into notepad-sized pieces and use the back for grocery lists and scratch paper.
3) Use it to wrap your fragile holiday decorations as you are putting them away for next year.
4) Decorate your box of holiday supplies with it so you can pick out the box easily next year.
5) Cover your textbooks with it.
6) Create colorful wrapping paper bows. Click here for an easy tutorial.
7) Give it to your kids to make collages, snowflakes or bookmarks.
8) Make a wrapping paper wreath.
Happy holidays and good luck in your wrapping paper endeavors!
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