Newsprint Inspired Christmas

Christmas and nostalgia go hand in hand, and there is hardly anything as nostalgic as the printed word. So, start saving those newspapers for more than the recycling bin. There are a million festive and creative ways to incorporate it into the holiday season, all for little to no cost.

• Newspaper is my go to for wrapping gifts. There are so many ways to make it look crafty rather than last-minute, but often a simple piece of twine or newspaper print bow will do the trick.

• Although some people use buntings and garlands all year long, I tend to think of them as especially fit for the holidays. Michelle, the creative mind behind the Two and Six has a few tips for making your own newsprint bunting on her blog. For added Christmas flair you could stamp each flag with a letter to create a holiday message.

• You can add this to the list of DIY Christmas trees. Perfect for those with little exra space...and a lot of leftover newspaper. Check out the full instructions at Natural Home Magazine.

• We've seen quite a few takes on the newspaper wreath, but this one from Country Living seems to be a favorite. Check out the DIY instructions on the Country Living website.

• Newsprint seems to be the theme of choice for West Elm's holiday decor this year. Teaming up with David Stark, they've created a wide assortment of newspaper ornaments, garlands, and topiaries (pictured above).

Images: 1: Mari Eriksson for Angel at My Table, 2: Two and Six, Natural Home Magazine, 4: Country Living, 5: West Elm

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