Wrapping paper is often pretty and shiny, but after the gifts are all open it is left ripped and forgotten.
Aside from recycling it, there are actually many other ways to make use of it.
For one, it is perfect for packing up ornaments that are fragile or made from glass. Also, it can be shredded for packing items, or used to fill gift baskets. Scraps can be saved up and used for crafting homemade cards, gift tags and stationary.
Martha Stewart has 17 suggestions for reusing gift wrap. Ideas like wrapping household items for a decorative touch, using it for framing and liner material and making bookmarks are just a few.
Save up festive paper to use for making New Year crafts and party supplies. Things like party poppers, hats and streamers all can be made from scraps of gift paper.
For a fun party or family game night idea, use leftover paper and ribbon to wrap up small prizes and play the gift wrap game, an idea from The Mary Sue.
How to play:
Have family members sit in a circle with the ball and a pair of dice. One player begins unwrapping the ball as fast as he can while the player to the left rolls the dice repeatedly until they roll a 7. When a 7 is received, the ball is passed to them to unwrap, and the dice are passed on to the next player. Ripping and dice-rolling continues until someone finally reaches the prize and claims it as the winner.
Reusing even the smallest of items can cut down on waste, and can create some more fun.
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