Stunning Reuses for Holiday Cards, Wrapping and Decor

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Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! This year, avoid lugging six trash bags to the curb after the gifts are unwrapped by finding clever ways to repurpose leftover greeting cards, wrapping paper and other holiday waste items instead. To get you started, Earth911 rounded up 10 ways to upcycle common holiday leftovers into new-to-you items that can be used any time of the year.

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Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.