After Christmas, it seems like such a waste to throw away the leftover paper. Although most Christmas paper is recyclable, just throwing it away or even throwing it in the recycle bin doesn’t make sense for preppers, who like to use and re-use and re-reuse everything! (That’s not just me, right?)
Fortunately, there are tons of craft options for reusing old wrapping paper, like book covers, graphic prints, festive decorations, scrapbooking (make sure the paper is acid-free if you use it near photos) thank you cards, and bookmarks.
My paper, however, was much too “Christmasy” to really work for very many of these options. I didn’t like the idea of hanging a graphic print of Christmas trees all year long, and I don’t think anyone wants to get a stocking-themed thank you card in March either. So I decided that the best option for my paper reuse project was a cute bookmark. I like books, and I don’t mind feeling a little festive all year long when I read. Still, I chose the least Christmasy paper that I could find – if you like to share the Christmas Cheer all year long, feel free to get really festive with yours!
Here is how you can make your own easy bookmark from leftover holiday paper.
DIY Leftover Christmas Paper Bookmark Supplies
No shopping required, which is a relief – for this project, you will just need the following around-the-house items:
- Leftover Christmas paper
- Cereal box
- Glue stick (I started out with tape, but that did not work as well)
- Ruler (if you really care about how straight your bookmark lines are. I did not.)