At the end of the season save your Christmas cards and ribbons and cut them into circles, squares, rectangles, or any other shape you fancy depending on what works best for the design on the particular card you are using. Use the cut outs to make gift tags for next Christmas. Punch a whole and attach ribbon to tie to bags and gifts. Pack the tags away with your decorations so you will find them next year.
Try this idea throughout the year. You can use old birthday cards to make tags for birthday presents.
Reuse Wrapping Paper – idea from WholeLiving.com
After you open your gifts shred the wrapping paper, and use it for packaging future gifts. Shredded holiday paper looks festive in your gift presentation. The shredded wrapping paper also works great for storing fragile objects such as ornaments. Surround the object with the shredded paper for extra protection.
Reuse Fruit Peels – idea from Living on a Dime
After peeling your oranges save the peels. Cut the peels with small cookie cutters such as stars and use them as accents in a fruit platter. This idea would probably work great with all citrus fruits whose peels hold up well and could give you a variety of colors.
Along those lines, I thought why not do the same thing to lemon and lime peels to add festive shapes to your holiday drinks.
Chocolate Drizzle – idea from Living on a Dime
To add a special touch of chocolate drizzle to your desserts or holiday foods put some chocolate chips into a bag and seal. Put bag into hot water and smash every now and then until the chocolate is smooth without chunks. Cut the tip of the bag and drizzle.
I may use this idea to let my young kids do some last minute cookie decorating for Santa on Christmas Eve. We have already made chocolate chip cookies in our freezer. To make Santa’s cookies extra special from the kids that night make a small bag of chocolate chip drizzle. Let the kids put chocolate drizzle onto the cookies, then top with sprinkles. The sprinkles should stick to the chocolate as it hardens. That way the children feel like they have made Santa’s cookies with a special touch from them. And maybe the reindeer might like a little bit of drizzle on their carrots too!