Merry Christmas, Care2! I know that not everyone does the Christmas thing, but if you did open gifts this morning, chances are that now you’re wrangling a mountain of gift wrap. Rather than tossing it in the trash or the recycle bin, check out these ways to reuse all of that beautiful paper.
Sure, you did your best to use eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives, but I bet that even with your best efforts, there was still some gift wrap under the tree. Maybe your mother-in-law isn’t quite ready to start folding furoshiki and your cousin maybe didn’t get the memo about fabric gift bags this year. That’s OK! Rather than feel guilty about that gift wrap, get crafty instead!
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Salvaging Gift Wrap
Used gift wrap isn’t always the pristine, beautiful paper that it was when it was on the present. It gets torn and wrinkled, so you’ll need to do a little salvaging to make it look nice again. Here’s how to revived wrinkly wrapping paper:
1. Set your iron on low and lay a piece of fabric over your paper on the ironing board.
2. Iron just like you would a wrinkly garment, but be a bit more gentle to avoid tearing the paper more. Gently work those creases out of the paper.
Now that your wrapping paper is all ready to use, let’s get to the list of ways to reuse it!
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