How to Reuse Wrapping Paper After the Holidays

By Vanessa Brunner, Houzz

The aftermath of Christmas morning often involves a whirlwind of half-eaten candy canes, sticky marshmallow Santas, presents piled up on the coffee table and, of course, endless piles of gift wrap. Instead of tossing all that wrapping paper into the garbage or attempting to haphazardly fold it into a big box for next year, considering putting artful, non-seasonal paper to use in your home. From shelf liners to party banners, quality paper scraps can help add color and interest to every room in the house. Iron any crinkled pieces on a low heat setting, and it'll be ready for the following DIY projects.

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1. Brighten up a dark shelf or drawer.

Make use of leftover gift wrap in all shapes and sizes by lining some drawers and shelves. Not only will it add a dash of color to a dark or dreary space, but having some pretty paper in your junk drawer may help you stay organized. Iron out any wrinkles, cut the paper to fit and slide it into the drawer. Use double-sided tape or glue it down with Mod Podge for a longer-lasting solution.

2. Add excitement to recycled crates.

Vintage crates are great for storage or display. But if you're tired of the salvaged and worn wood look, brighten things up with a new coat of paint and some wrapping paper, attached with a strong adhesive.