Bringing the Family Back into the Holidays with Green Crafts

The holidays are soon approaching and lately it seems families never have enough time together. With so many activities, school functions, and work related duties, today’s families don’t get enough time together. This year bring the family and help the environment by sharing in green crafts. Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing and use recycled items to create fun and decorative holiday crafts:

Pumpkin Carving:
This is an obvious suggestion for those who celebrate Halloween. Pumpkin carving is a fun activity the entire family can enjoy. After gutting the pumpkin the seeds can be roasted and flavored for a healthy snack. After Halloween is over, the jack-o-lantern can be added to your compost pile.

Create Paper Mache Art:
Turning your old newspapers, discarded mail, and bills into art is a great way to bring the family together. Paper mache is a simple way to recycle discarded materials and make something new. Use 1 part flour and 2 parts water to create green paper mache paste. Mix it well with a little salt and boil it for around 3 minutes until it has a pudding like consistency.

Recycled Christmas Confetti:
Left over papers, old homework, and junk mail can be dyed and cut up to create colorful Christmas confetti. Soaking the paper in juice or tea is a natural way to colorize the bland paper. You can use a paper shredder to shred it into Christmas tree tinsel or sit with kids and cut into smaller pieces to make decorative confetti.

Seed Napkin Rings:
You can reuse old toilet paper tubes to create embellished napkin rings for Thanksgiving dinner. Use seeds, nuts, glitter, or even sequins to decorate and add flair. It’s a great way to get the family together for a simple and useful project.

Christmas Caroling Instruments:
Music is a great way to bring the family together, but why just sing when you can start a Christmas band. Add to your caroling by creating instruments from recyclable items. Cardboard tubes from paper towels or told paper can easily be turned into maracas by adding dried beans and sealing the ends with paper. Sealing the ends of a tube and poking small holes along it can create a flute to add to the band.

Wrapping Paper:
Another use of dyed paper is for wrapping gifts. Use newspaper, old assignments or any other paper that is lying around to create wrapping paper. Add personality with paints or markers to create a decorative gift for your loved ones.

This holiday season make it all about family and the earth. Use recyclable materials to deck the halls and spend time with the ones you love. With a little time and creativity you can create a Christmas full of love and memories. When the holidays are over, all your decorations can be added to the recycle bin to help conserve the planets resources.

About the Author

Music teacher Genevieve Armstrong loves traditional songs from many countries, and uses the www.christmassongs.org website to find a wide variety of Christmas lyrics and new ideas for choir performances.