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10 Unique uses for used wrapping paper

What to do with wrapping paper Make a new holiday tradition this year out of reducing, reusing, and recycling that ripped up mess of used wrapping paper.According to the Clean Air Council, an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays in the United States alone. That equals 15 trees per ton of wrapping paper, or 30 million trees cut down just to wrap our gifts!
Thankfully there are many fun and eco-friendly options for old wrapping paper.
1.    Gift Wrap – Create a patchwork wrapping paper design for new presents by piecing together scraps that are still in good condition.
2.    Make Wrapping Paper Bunting – Instead of spending money on flimsy store-bought bunting.
3.    Book Cover –Make your own crafty book cover out of used wrapping paper.
4.    Decorate a Binder – Decorate a boring three-ring binder by placing colorful used wrapping paper pieces into the clear cover.
5.    Paper Maché – Use strips of wrapping paper in place of newspaper in a paper maché project.
6.    Gift Bag Stuffing – There’s no need to buy fancy tissue paper when you can use old, shredded wrapping paper to stuff a gift bag.
7.    Shelf Lining – If you have small shelves, gift-wrap makes a great shelf or drawer lining. Say goodbye to boring desk drawers and use colorful wrapping paper to bring some life to your work or study space.
8.    Greeting Cards – Turn old gift wrap into greeting cards by using scraps to decorate a piece of cardstock. Nothing beats a handmade gift card!
9.    Confetti – With New Year’s eve right around the corner, you can shred up your colorful giftwrap to ring in the New Year in style!
10.    Recycle It – If none of the above options appeal to you, always recycle wrapping paper.
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Meantime, for even more ideas, read this article with 101 unique uses for used wrapping paper. What is your favorite way to reuse used wrapping paper?

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