Don't throw out that wrapping paper!
Sure, you might have come up with a great way to wrap your gifts in an environmentally friendly manner, but that doesn't mean that the people giving gifts to you did the same. Here's a way to reuse all that wrapping paper and turn it into a holiday decoration. This is a nice activity to do after the present opening frenzie, and while you wait for dinner. Sure, making x-mas decoration on x-mas seems a little late, but you can keep it up as long as you want, and save it for next year.
Or if you have an early x-mas, like we did, you can make it before x-mas and hang it up.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Here's what you need:
Wrapping paper from all those great presents, tissue paper works too, and a bow.
Wire coat hanger, bent into a circle.
Step 2: Cut Strips
Now smooth out the wrapping paper a bit, and get it into a piece about 9" wide, by whatever. Roll the paper up, and cut into strips, about 1" wide. Does not have to be precise!!!!
Make a lot of these.
Step 3: Do the Twist
Now, the "fun" part. Take a strip of paper, put it around the coat hanger, and twist, like a twist tie.
Now, do that a million times!
Slide them together to make the wreath full, and do it until you don't see the hanger anymore.
Step 4: Ta Da!
And now that your wreath is full, trim any long pieces, add a bow, (I'm sure you got one on one of those presents) and you're done.
There, you made a free decoration, and you saved some wrapping paper from ending up in the dump. You could even give it to someone as a thank you gift for all the great presents. Or keep it handy for when you realize you forgot to get a present for Aunt Whoever.
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Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations