Michelle Klug Michelle Klug
December 20, 2012

Our colleagues at RealSimple.com are the experts at coming up with new uses for everything under the sun. Just in time for Christmas, here's a sample of some of their best New Uses for Christmas Things.

1. Holiday Lights as Night Lights (pictured). These would be great for a porch, patio, or kids room.

2. Ribbon as Photo Matte. Using leftover colorful ribbon as a backdrop is the perfect thing to accent a black and white photo in a neutral frame.

3. Pipe Cleaners as Drink Labels. I love this ideas of using pipe cleaners and having guests make their own drink charms. I would love to see what people come up with after a glass or two of bubbly too!

4. Book as Misleading Gift Box. Unless, you are a librarian, I think we would all be pleasantly surprised to find something sparkly in a hollowed out book.

5. Apple Container as Ornament Storage. I can not count how many delicate ornaments I have broken in storage through the years. Storing in apple containers is a great idea.

Also, check out our New Uses for Everyday Ingredients for new takes on holiday ingredients like cinnamon, rosemary, and cranberry sauce.

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