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December 19, 2017

3 Simple Ways to Decorate For Christmas...With Wrapping Paper

I think we all agree that there is just not enough time in the day, especially this time of year!

If you are looking for quick and easy decorating ideas that save time and money, I have a few tips for using simple wrapping paper in your holiday decor...
Using Wrapping Paper in Home Decor

Here are 3 ways you can use wrapping paper to decorate for Christmas:

#1 - Use Wrapping Paper to Hide the Clutter - With all the shopping and decorating going on, our houses can sometimes get a little messy.  Well, at least I know mine does...

Hide the cabinet clutter

My TV cabinet is one area where clutter seems to gather.  I had a bunch of seagrass baskets in there which helped contain things for awhile.  Then I moved some of them to the console table behind the couch and then the cabinets started getting sloppy again.  Since the cabinets have glass doors, I either have to keep the shelves really neat or find another way to hide the inevitable messes.

I came up with a quick solution to hide the clutter.  I actually do this every year around this time so I have one area I don't have to worry about while I am decorating.  

Ways to Use Wrapping Paper in Home Decor

I take a couple pieces of wrapping paper and cut them to fit glass doors.

How to Hide the Clutter from Company

Then I just tape the wrapping paper to the doors and hang a festive swag on the outside.

Quick and Easy Solution to Hide Clutter

I have been asked a few times about how I hang things on my cabinet doors.  Basically, I just take a clear Command hook and hang it upside down so the opening part is facing down...

How to Hang a Wreath on a Cabinet Door

Then I just loop the ribbon around the hook and hang the swag in the front.  Since you can't see the hooks unless you open the cabinets, I just leave them up all year round.  It makes it so much easier when it comes time to put up the decorations.

And I do the same thing on my kitchen cabinets...

Mini Wreaths on Kitchen Cabinets


How to Hang a Wreath on Kitchen Cabinet Doors

These top cabinets never get opened so I definitely leave the hooks up there all year too!  You can see how the whole kitchen looks with the mini wreaths in my recent Christmas kitchen post.

Pretty and Practical Uses for Wrapping Paper

Now where was I?....Ah yes, the wrapping paper... Each year, I just use a different wrapping paper to change the look on my TV cabinet.  

TV Cabinet with Wrapping paper on glass doors

Here's a nice sun-glare picture of the entire cabinet so you can see how it looks.  I am still tweaking my accessories up there but this gives you the general idea.

Holiday Decor on TV Cabinet

If you want to see the how the cabinet looked each year, I wrote a post, Three Looks for Glass Doors where I shared them all.  The first year I used burlap and I think that one is still my favorite!

#2 - Use wrapping paper on a table setting.  I recently shared my Festive Christmas Table where I used red and white striped wrapping paper for place mats.

Using Wrapping Paper for a Place Setting

This couldn't be easier - just cut the size that you need and you're done.  It's perfect for decorating the kid's table too.  If someone spills something on the "place mat", you just throw it in the garbage! 

I originally had the idea when I threw a Lego Themed Birthday Party for my son a few years ago.  Instead of "making" wrapping paper place mats, I used a sheet of wrapping paper for the table runner...
Wrapping paper used for a table runner

Once again, kid friendly and disposable!  And if it doesn't get dirty, you can still use it to wrap presents.

#3 Dress up some picture frames.  If you want to add some color to your photo displays, try covering a mat with some wrapping paper.
How to decorate a picture frame for Christmas

I used scissors and a box cutter but my son suggested I get an X-Acto Knife for next time.  I am sure that would make it easier and the edges would be a little more precise.
Using wrapping paper to update a photo for Christmas

Either way, the wrapping paper can make any photo seem more festive!

Have you decorated with wrapping paper?
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8 comments

  1. What fun and creative ideas. I love them all.

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  2. Such great ideas! There are so many interesting wrapping papers these days!

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  3. Shelley, great and creative ideas! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  4. Great ideas! Thank you for showing how you attach the hooks. Merry Christmas!

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  5. You are SO clever! What great ideas. I'm going to copy your Christmas wrap placemats for Christmas breakfast! Thanks, Shelley! Merry Christmas!

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  6. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Shelley!

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