We just don’t understand why Santa doesn’t have a team of elves to cover the after Christmas situation:
Let’s face it, after Christmas there is a LOT OF STUFF that either needs to be reused, upcycled, or recycled. Here is a extensive list on what to do with all those holiday remnants.
Of course, reuse is one of the best options….produces the least amount of waste and most cost effective.
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If it’s torn, shred it for packing materials or gift baskets.
13 Cleaver Ways to Reuse Tissue Paper
Tissue Paper Pom-Poms (for the kids)
Tissue Paper Garland
Bleeding Tissue Paper Art Tray
Cover Jar Lids like the Jars HERE
Colorful Garden Lanterns
Here is a great way to organize them for your own reusing purposes.
If bags are torn patch, with an embellishment.
Cut them up and use them in other crafts (tags, cards, etc).
Can’t use them all yourself? Post them for FREE on Freeccycle or Craigslist.
Upcycle Gift Bags into Hardcovered Notebooks
We did a post here on ways to reuse bags HERE. (grocery plastic/paper but some gift bags could be reused in the same ways)
Paper (Bag) Stars
We keep ours in a jar and can grab a ribbon anytime we need one.
Cat Toy – Attach a string to a stick and you have a free cat toy!
How to Make a Bow with Multiple Ribbons
Scrap Ribbon Lamp Shade
DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Scarf Necklace
A Greeting Card
Ribbon Embroidery Hoops
Mixed Ribbon Wreath and This ONE
49 Crafty Ideas for Leftover Fabric Scraps
Glue them to use in various paper crafts.
Glue another piece of scrap paper over the top of the previous TO and FROM so it can be reused.
Make your own next year out of cards, calendars, wrapping paper, etc so it’s already a reuse item.
COOKIE/ POPCORN TINS
30 Uses for Candy Canes
Crush them and place them in a container to use as a sprinkle in your drink, on desserts, or Valentine goodies.
WRAPPING PAPER CARDBOARD TUBES
We know it’s hard to keep a lot of extra stuff around, but just think if we were able to reuse just a few of these items. What an impact that would have on our wallets and the trash pile.
And as always, if you have some tips and tricks, we would LOVE to here them!!!
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