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How to Get Unsightly Wrapping Paper Out of the Way on Christmas Morning

Chica and Jo

You know the scene, probably too well by now: Kids are running around the house, tearing through every wrapped gift they can find with their name on it. Bits of wrapping paper are flying through the air, and you've lost all control over the zoo that your living room has become. Oh, and that garbage bag that was meant for all the discarded paper? Yeah, that's sitting in a corner, forgotten.

Instead of carrying around a sorry-looking garbage bag, upgrade your holiday trash bag to a fancy-looking box with this clever Christmas morning hack from Chica and Jo, the ladies behind the crafting blog Chica and Jo. Because we all know that Christmas morning is about two things: Opening this year's gifts — and then capturing all the joy and excitement in photographs that you'll treasure for years. And who wants all that ugly ripped and crumpled paper in the background of their gorgeous holiday pics? Not us!

Christmas Trash Hack (Photo Credit: Chica and Jo)

Keep Your Christmas Unwrapping Session Neat and Organized

This hack is not only pretty, but it's super simple to make. All you need is a giant cardboard box (Chica and Jo used two: one for recyclables and one for trash) and some pretty wrapping paper. Then, just wrap the box just like you'd wrap a present, and bam! You've got an instant, pretty, and festive Christmas trash receptacle. Bonus feature: It can double as a gift carrier, too, for when you're visiting the family with a handful of smaller presents.

This Christmas trash box works for other occasions, too. If you're going to a party or any other gift-giving event, like a baby shower or a bridal shower, just think of how elegant the whole gift-opening scene would be with a beautifully wrapped box instead of an unsightly garbage bag. It's genius, really!

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