As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may be thinking about how to decorate your house, or when to purchase your Christmas tree. Instead of spending money on decorations that aren’t biodegradable, or gifts that are harmful to the environment, consider letting your Christmas be greener. Let nature decorate your home this year in attempts to help save our planet and make a cheerful holiday season.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Crafts
Many Christmas decorations can be made from organic, recycled materials. Making decorations for the tree, or for your staircase can be a great craft for friends and family. Consider making organic popcorn, or using seasonal berries, and pinecones to liven up your household and Christmas tree. Ivy and evergreen branches could be used around the house, or be turned into a wreath. These items can be easily stored for next year and can be a great activity for the family. Collecting these items from the yard, or store can be just as fun as placing them around the house. Consider using apples, or oranges in a garland, or wreath made from branches from your garden. Most fruit will last 2-3 weeks and can be used for cooking, or juicing after that. Chances are your garden will need tending anyways. Instead of throwing away leaves, or branches, use these to create beautiful arrangements for the home.
This year, you might want to try purchasing a real Christmas tree that can be replanted after the holiday season is over. You can purchase a small sustainable grower that will help your tree stay alive and healthy. Wrap the potted roots with hessian and decorate your tree using home-made ornaments, recycled items like cans, or CD’s, or even fruit and popcorn. Dipping pinecones in wax, or painting eggshells can be a fun way to enhance your tree and is a great craft for a cold winter day indoors. Beads and buttons could be placed on string and hung on your tree branches, creating a unique look.
Turning old tennis balls into ornaments is an enjoyable craft for all ages. Try wrapping the ball with colorful twine, and add ivy, or holly for an extra touch. Tie a piece of cord through the top of the ball and make a loop. This creates a beautiful hanging bauble that will look wonderful on your tree. This same approach can be applied to foam balls, or any circular objects you may have around the house.
Another fun craft would be making bows out of old material, clothes, or scraps. This is a great way of reusing fabric that would otherwise be thrown away. The bows will make your tree unique and can be used year after year. Keep a box where you can store bows year round. As you collect pretty ribbons, place them in this box so that when the holidays roll around, you will have a wonderful assortment of bows to pick from. Don’t limit yourself to just your tree. Decorate your stair rails, the backs of chairs, and the fireplace.
These ribbons can also be used to decorate stockings. Patchwork stockings can be made from scraps of materials. Any material like velvet or wool would look lovely stitched onto a stocking. Even plain white socks could be enhanced with a simple decoration, or stitch work.
This year, consider your effect on the environment and try your best to have a green Christmas. Be aware of the amount of waste produced on this holiday every year, from food to packaging to paper. Make it a family goal this year to reduce your carbon footprint by participating in these fun eco-friendly Christmas crafts.
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