5 Ways to Repurpose Holiday Goodies

Tue, Jan 02, 2018 at 7:00AM

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You trimmed, prepped and dressed your holiday to perfection—now that the season’s slowing down, what do you do with all those leftovers?

We’re not just talking about the food alone, but about all the odds and ends that helped make your season a success. From spare baking chips to excess wrapping paper, we’ve got you covered with ways to use it all—just read on!

Turn excess baking ingredients into a fun fondue night

Who doesn’t love some deliciously warm and gooey fondue? If you bought one too many bags of semisweet baking chips—and don’t have any more cookies on your schedule—why not enjoy them in a new way, paired with strawberries, marshmallows and other dip-ins? Hosting a fondue night is an easy way to make more out of excess ingredients. Just pair your chocolate pieces with milk or cream, then heat for a decadent treat.

Help your wrapping paper go further…

Ended up with a bit too much wrapping paper—or saved some from an opened gift? If it’s not in a usable roll shape anymore, you can use your wrapping scraps to adorn greeting cards (or thank-you cards—after all, you probably have some to write after the holidays anyway!). You can also cut the straps into narrow ribbon-shape strips for next year—just keep them somewhere you’ll remember!

… and the roll, too

Why not use up the entire roll? The cardboard itself can be turned into a wide variety of kids’ toys, from make-believe pirate telescopes to poster holders and other smart containers.

Create candle décor

Candles are the go-to gift of the holiday season, and for good reason! They’re easy to pick out and, when you receive one, it helps you fill your home with beautiful aromas. But once you’ve almost melted your candle down, you can remove the excess wax and turn it into something special—maybe a jewelry container, kids’ terrarium, or countertop storage for essentials like cotton balls or even your toothbrushes.

Turn greeting cards into gorgeous keepsakes

Every greeting card tells us a story—so you naturally want to cling onto every precious one! Instead of letting those cards get lost in the holiday receipt bags and folders, why not put them to good use? You can turn meaningful greeting cards into placemats and coasters for the table, or perhaps frame up beautiful prints and keep them until next year’s season!

We hope that today’s blog helps you tackle your holiday leftovers with ease! They helped you make a happy holiday at home—and now, they’re set to help make the year ahead a little better, too.


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