Clever ways to repurpose the odds and ends left over from your gift-wrapping marathon.

By Real Simple
Updated December 16, 2016

Congratulations—you survived the Christmas Eve race to get every last present wrapped and under the tree! But now what do you do with all those oddly shaped scraps? Don’t throw all that pretty paper in the recycling bin. Instead, try one of these smart ways to repurpose those random slivers and squares.

If you’re sending your holiday cards out a little late this year (Don’t worry: New Year greetings are totally a thing!) or you have a batch of thank-you notes to mail, use those extra squares of paper to create gorgeous envelope liners. Simply trace the envelope on the backside of the wrapping paper, trim the edges a bit, and glue down.

Or, you can create bows to embellish gifts during your next wrapping session. Paper scraps that aren’t too holiday specific can be used for birthdays, anniversaries, or even wedding presents—but you can always save your crafty new bows for next year’s holiday season.

And speaking of: This time of the year, holiday trimmings (ornaments, lights, wreaths, and more) are almost always on sale. Pick up a pack of clear ornaments and fill them with the tiniest scraps you’ve got to make festive baubles for next year’s tree.

But we know it can be hard to plan that far in advance. If you generally like to take things day by day, try your hand at creating a few things for your New Year’s Eve party instead. Small scraps of paper make great napkin rings or confetti, too.