After the holidays have come and gone, it's time to pack away the decorations, take down the tree and haul large bags of trash to the curb. If discarded wrapping paper makes up much of that trash, there may be better ways to put the paper to use.

After the holidays have come and gone, it's time to pack away the decorations, take down the tree and haul large bags of trash to the curb. If discarded wrapping paper makes up much of that trash, there may be better ways to put the paper to use.

There are many ways that wrapping paper can be reused or recycled. Here are a few to think about:

1. Save some scraps of paper to use for children's art project at school and home.

2. Use in scrapbooking or as an inexpensive matting for photos.

3. Wrap other presents in paper that has been preserved well.

4. Shred the paper and use it as filler in packing boxes or as a decorative filling for gift bags.

5. Use bits of paper to make gift tags.

6. Employ origami and use leftover gift wrap as your paper of choice.

7. Line shelves or drawers with the paper to protect surfaces.
8. Make decoupage holiday decorations for next year.

9. Crumple up the paper and use it to stuff into tall boots so they keep their shape.

10. Trace the pattern of an envelope on the paper and cut out your own envelopes for little notes or holiday greetings for next year.

11. Buy a reusable coffee cup that enables you to change the insert. Use a piece of gift wrap to change the design.