In some households, Christmas decorations account for a huge chunk of Christmas shopping money. Multiply this by each holiday season, and the total amount may equal even more than what could have been spent for a memorable holiday getaway with the family.
Spending money on Christmas decorations may be an indication of how a family values Christmas; but creating these decorations yourself is even more fulfilling. Here are ideas for how you can create eco-friendly Christmas décor pieces that are both environment and pocket-friendly.
Materials from Nature
Nature is a great source of style. With the rich colors and unique shapes of flowers and fruits, you can get ahold of beautiful holiday decorations for your home without spending a dime. Evergreen boughs, hollies, pine cones, and nuts are a great start.
To create a colorful table centerpiece, place a clear bowl on the table and drop in a variety of fruits with rich colors such as pears, apples, oranges, and strawberries. By getting materials from nature, you can minimize waste since most of them are organic and edible.
Ordinary Materials from Home
Your home may contain valuable finds that you can use as material to create your Christmas ornaments. Gift cards for example, are beautiful fillers for your Christmas tree especially if they have colorful designs. You can also recycle old CDs and use them as sparkling Christmas tree ornaments. These CDs have shiny sides that reflect a variety of hues when light is cast on them.
Instead of using tinsel, ask your children to help you create handmade paper chains or strings of cranberries and colorful popcorn to give your tree a youthful vibe.
Tennis balls and other items of similar size and shape can be used as a bauble when wrapped in twine. If you are a crafty person, your origami figures can take center stage this season to give your recycled Christmas décor a personal touch.
Aside from Christmas trees, Christmas door wreaths are also very popular during the season. Christmas wreaths are commonly made from leaves of pine and fir trees, but you can also create a different kind of Christmas wreath from another material.
An example of utilizing alternative materials is creating a wreath out of old greeting cards. If you have collected a lot of colorful greeting cards that come from random people you barely know, you can use them as material for eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Cut out different jagged shapes from the colorful cards, and paste them around a wreath form until you are satisfied with your wreath’s fullness. For more detailed instructions on how to make your own DIY floral wreath, take a look at this blog.
These are just some ideas that you can use to create environmentally friendly Christmas décor pieces. Do you have any other eco-friendly projects you plan on doing this holiday season? Please share them with us by leaving a comment below.