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What not to throw away after Christmas

Once again Christmas has come and gone, but there are some things you shouldn't throw away that can be used again...



With Christmas done, you are probably left with plenty of items that can be used again in very craft ways. In this article, we look at what you can do with leftover wrapping paper, Christmas cards, serviettes and even those ornaments that didn't survive the festive season.






What to do with leftover wrapping paper

Everyone buys a few rolls of pretty wrapping paper for their Christmas gifts, and you are usually left with a few scraps that you don't think you will be able to use. But there are plenty of uses for leftover wrapping paper and we have collected some wonderful ways to use any scraps of wrapping paper that you don't want to throw out.

Investing in a small paper shredder might be worthwhile if you have lots of paper and wrapping paper to recycle. You can make up packets of shredded paper confetti that can be sold online for parties and events, or you can use shredder paper to pack away your breakable decorations from the Christmas tree.









If you still have a New Year's celebration planned for later this month, don't forget that you can use any leftover wrapping paper to add to your party decorations. Use small scraps of wrapping paper to make party poppers for the table, or for when the clock strikes midnight. You should be able to buy the cracker snaps at craft and hobby stores to make your own party poppers. You will also find an easy tutorial for making confetti-filled party poppers on magnolia.

Before you toss out expensive foil wrapping paper, think ahead. You might be able to use this again next year for when you wrap your gifts. Cut leftover rolls of wrapping paper into useable sizes and store these in a safe place until you need them.

There are so many crafty ways to use leftover Christmas wrapping paper; use for making next year's advent calendar, or cut out scraps to make your own Christmas cards for the next festive season, you can even use leftover wrapping paper to create colourful patterned bunting for parties of tassels or pom-poms.

And let's not forget about using small scraps of leftover wrapping paper to craft a colourful wreath for the front door and Christmas decorations for the next time Christmas comes around!






What to do with leftover Christmas cards

There are many ways to put this year's Christmas cards to good use, and you can be crafty in a variety of different ways, from reusing your Christmas cards to make new cards, turning Christmas cards into gift tags, or being a little bit more creative.

Come next Christmas, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift tags for your gifts. Using the previous year's Christmas cards lets you be creative and make your own gift tags.

Sort through all the Christmas cards you received this year and cut out the best elements to make your own gift tags. Make sure that there is no writing on the back of the tag, punch a hole and add some ribbon or twine and put somewhere safe until you need them.

Give yourself a head start on next year's Christmas decorations by cutting up Christmas cards to make pretty tree ornaments and festive decor for your home.

What to do with leftover Christmas serviettes or napkins

Over the festive season, you normally attend several events and you will probably find that at most of these you will come across decorative Christmassy serviettes. I saw some truly beautiful serviettes and napkins this year and was reminded of the recent post we did on wrinkle-free decoupage.

While the previous post focused on using serviettes to create beautiful coasters, you can also use serviettes and decoupage on a wide selection of other items as well.

Most of us like to have a few festive candles on display, whether on the fireplace shelf, a server or sideboard, or as part of a centrepiece arrangement for the Christmas dining table. Put away all your pretty Christmas serviettes and use them to decorate plain pillar candles for next year.



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