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15 Things to Do with Your Leftover Wrapping Paper

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Among the pomp and circumstance that comes with opening Christmas presents, one of the best things is the wrapping paper. Without the colorful caricatures and symbols that adorn each unique piece, the various presents underneath the tree would be less magical to unveil come Christmas Day. Scoff if you must, but wrapping paper is just as important to Christmas as the tree, the eggnog and the presents themselves.

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And while wrapping paper is great, immediately following Christmas the question arises of what to do with the leftover rolls. Some people throw it out, but after spending a lot of money on wrapping paper (which can be ridiculously expensive) it seems impractical to toss it after just one use. Others save it for the next Christmas, however the amount of space leftover paper strips take up can loom large over the course of an entire year.

To help out as best we can, below is our list of 15 different things you can do with your leftover wrapping paper right now. Because no matter what, everything can be used more than once ... if your innovative enough.

1. Wrap up a drink for your morning or evening commute (if you aren't driving, of course) - Most people who take a bus or ferry to or from work find great things to do during the travel time. Some read their favorite book or the day's paper, others listen to music, and a few even start work before reaching the office (or their house in the evening). But aren't their just some days on that commute you just wish you could imbibe in your favorite drink right there and then? Well just do it. With all your leftover wrapping paper you can easily disguise your bottle of beer, wine, vodka, or whatever your heart desires in a festive casing. It looks far cooler than a brown bag (which is so last year) and is waiting to be used.

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2. Make an ABC (Anything But Clothes) party costume - I don't know what kind of New Year's Eve Party you are attending, but if it's on the risqué side hold on to that blue and white snowflake paper your Mom gave you a hand knit sweater in. Wearing your wrapping paper (and maybe a leftover bow) will make you the life of the party.

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3. Make festive party hats - If you decide to have a little tamer New Year's party (or even if you don't), decorating a party hat with wrapping paper will let you stand out from all the other partygoers. And this idea is even Martha approved.

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4. Wrap your little ones in it so you don't have to spend more money on their clothes - This might sound a little insensitive, but hear me out. All kids do is make messes. There's nothing wrong with that; it's just what they do. So instead of spending money on actual clothes that kids are going to get filthy or grow out of in a few months, simply slap some wrapping paper on your kids and let them run wild. I'm sure they'll be the talk of the playground when school starts up again after winter break.

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5. Substitute it for paper towels/napkins - I know my mom always complains when I use a paper towel to blow my nose because they cost so much money and I could just use a tissue. But now no one has to worry. While not having quite the absorbency of Bounty, enough wrapping paper will get rid of any spill in the kitchen. And if you are sitting down for dinner and really don't want to have to clean cloth napkins , just go rip up some good sized pieces of wrapping paper. Talk about environmentalism.

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6. Table Cloth - If you don't want to wash napkins, there is definitely no way you are going to want to wash a table cloth. Luckily, once again your wrapping paper is here to rescue you - and ensure that after dinner you can just take if off the table and toss it in the trash.

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7. Use it to roll a joint - Now that I-502 has passed and it's legal for adults to smoke weed (to a certain degree), take advantage of the opportunity to roll a joint that not only will get you high, but will let you look festive while doing so.

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8. Coasters - Tired of having to clean those weird looking water circles off your table when people set their drinks down without using a coaster? Well, instead of going out and spending money on actual coasters, simply cut some circles out of your wrapping paper and have people set their drinks on those. While it may not completely stop condensation from hitting your table, it will be awesomely festive.

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9. Use it to start a fire - Whether you're trying to cuddle up with a loved one by a fireplace or looking to have a winter bonfire on Alki Beach, your wrapping paper is very flammable and can help you start a big time fire (just make sure to not bring your accelerator).

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10. Make a rug - Rugs are so expensive and all they do is just sit on your floor while people trample around on them with their dirty shoes. So instead of spending your money, just tape some wrapping paper down to the floor. You'll kick yourself for even considering buying an actual rug.

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11. Make origami - Need a good crafts project to do with your kids? Simply start folding that wrapping paper and see what creations you can come up with. I promise it will be great fun for the whole family.

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12. Turn it into lined paper for your kids' homework - In today's world everyone is looking for ways to recycle paper and be environmentally friendly. Therefore simply use a ruler and draw some lines on your wrapping paper to ensure your children have notebook paper for days to come. Also, the festive colors on the non-writing side might make the teacher so jolly that they give your children better grades!

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13. Substitute it for toilet paper - Granted, wrapping paper isn't the softest thing to use when wiping, but it gets the job done. And if you have enough in your house, you might as well get rid of it before spending more money on another role of TP (Note: If you did decide to do this, make sure to not flush the wrapping paper down the toilet, as that will likely create serious plumbing problems).

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14. Save it to wrap Easter Eggs with - While Easter egg hunts are a blast, the light color of most plastic Easter eggs you stuff makes it pretty easy to find every egg in the hunt. To add an extra level of difficulty, wrap your Easter eggs in your wrapping paper (especially that dark green paper that blends in with most any kind of foliage) before hiding them to ensure everyone is challenged when searching for eggs.

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15. Let your pet devour it - If you don't think any of these ideas are good, then let the animals have it. For some weird reason pets love eating, scratching, and playing with paper, especially wrapping paper. From using it as filler in your gerbils cage to letting your cat go crazy playing around with every bow and strand of paper that comes off the Christmas' gifts, giving the paper to the pets will thrill them this holiday season. Unless, of course, they choke and die on it - which would obviously be a bummer.

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