How to Recycle Your Christmas Decor After the Festivities

By Inhabitots

Once Christmas is over, it's all too easy to be left with a pile of what some might deem "trash." But if you get a little creative and resourceful, you can keep most of your holiday decor out of the landfill and give it a second life. Here are crafty ways to recycle holiday cards into next year's gift tags . Or opt to upcycle your holiday cards into puzzle thank you cards via this simple tutorial . If you're facing a mountain of ripped open wrapping paper, our "wrap-up" guide on gift wrap is a must read -- offering you several ways to reuse those scraps. We also suggest four ways to recycle your Christmas tree that will most benefit the planet. Did any strands of your Christmas tree light bulbs go out this year?Recycle them into a festive wreath as shown here. The greenest decor can be used for multiple occasions, so if you have versatile garland or other decor such as this adorable felt ball cascade, consider using it again for a birthday party, eliminating your need to purchase more "stuff." Tip: Save your wine corks from holiday gatherings and celebrations because you can use them to make stamps and these miniature cork Christmas trees!