Save Your Scraps for Next Year’s Holiday Crafting

gift wrapping by meddygarnet Flickr CCI am a bit of a pack rat. I admit it.

But I hate to see things go to waste, especially things that can easily be reused, remade or upcycled into something else. So here’s my green crafting Christmas day plea: when you’re cleaning up after the holidays be sure to tuck away scraps of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and old Christmas cards and save them for next year.

I have a big box that I store all my Christmas wrapping stuff in. I call it my box of Christmases past. It contains boxes, bags, tags, ribbons, ribbon scraps, scraps of wrapping paper, and even some old Christmas cards. I tuck it away with all the Christmas decor every year then pull it out in time for making cards and wrapping presents.

So every year when we make our handmade cards or wrap gifts we have pieces and memories of the Christmases that came before. It is a fabulous tradition, a way to share memories year after year and a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle the Christmas waste many just toss away.

It really doesn’t take that much time to gather up everything and put it in the box. And the box is not gigantic but it’s big enough to store plenty. Then I just stash it with the other holiday stuff that comes out once a year. Maybe it’s time to try a new tradition. You never know you may love it.

Written by Wenona Napolitano

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book.

She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible.

Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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