Environmentally conscious consumers can reduce the amount of Christmas waste that their household produces this Christmas by using eco-friendly Christmas decorations on their Christmas trees. By using “green” decorations you can also reduce the amount of waste byproducts produced by the factories that make Christmas decorations Every year most of us spend large sums of money on Christmas ornaments and decorations, many of which are cheaply made and imported from China. Its estimated in the first half of of 2007 over 140 million dollars of Christmas tree ornaments were imported by the United States. While some of these ornaments will be saved and used for several years most will eventually end up in a landfill somewhere. Its estimated that 10 percent of the yearly waste that goes into landfills is produced in relation to Christmas. By using recycled, upcycled, and organic Christmas decorations eco-friendly you can save money and reduce the amount of Christmas waste that heads to your local landfill. To help you get started on making this Christmas a “green” one here are ten of my favorite recycled, upcycled and organic Christmas decorations.
Ten Eco Friendly Christmas Tree Decorations
1. Stringing Right Along
Instead of using fake tinsel or plastic garlands to decorate your Christmas tree this year make your own organic garland by stringing unbuttered air popped popcorn and fresh cranberries to hang on your Christmas tree. All you need is a needle, some thread and about thirty minutes to string together a Christmas tree garland that’s beautiful and biodegradable. Once Christmas is over hang your garland outside as a treat for the local wildlife.
2. Bake It
Eco-friendly baked Christmas ornaments are fun to make, smell great and are so easy to make that the whole family can get involved. There are two easy ways to make baked ornaments. The first called salt dough ornaments uses flour, salt and water as its base and the second has apple sauce and ground cinnamon as its main ingredients. The salt dough ornaments are great because you can make the dough any color you want which is nice if your trying to stay within a specific color scheme. The cinnamon ornaments are a good choice if you want your house to smell wonderful during the holidays, Because both types are made out of dough its easy to make your ornaments in shapes that compliment your Christmas tree theme.
3. Get Carded
Last years Christmas cards can be upcycled into cute Christmas tree decorations by cutting the front off of each card, punching holes all around the edges of the picture and using string to weave through the holes. To finish add a ribbon loop for hanging and use as Christmas tree decorations.
4. Keep It Natural
Items found in nature make great eco-friendly Christmas tree decorations and give your tree a natural look. Hot glue a piece of ribbon to the backs of pine cones or nuts in the shell to make natural hanging ornaments. If you live near the beach or have a seashell collection you can use a piece of twine to hang them on your Christmas tree for a nautical or ocean theme that’s straight from nature.
5. Chain It
Use scrap paper you have saved from advertisements, flyers and the newspaper to make paper chains to decorate your Christmas tree instead of using fake garland or tinsel. to make a paper chain simply cut strips of paper 5″ inches long by 1 inch wide. Glue each end closed and link together to make a paper chain.
If your handy with a needle and thread then you can upcycle old clothing and scraps of material into eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Just cut out two sides of whatever shape you want to make, stitch them 3/4 of the way together and stuff with cut up material scraps or cotton from an old pillow. Finis sewing up and add a piece of ribbon for hanging. Making these fabric Christmas decorations doesn’t take a whole lot of sewing skill making it a great project for kids and those just learning to sew.
7. Go Asian
Recycle scrap paper into cute paper Christmas decorations through the Asian paper folding art of origami. There are a lots of different origami shapes you can make to decorate your Christmas tree from very simple to quite elaborate. If you’ve never done Origami the following http://www.origami-resource-center.com/”>website has free directions for a variety of different origami projects
8. Paper Mache
If you like the look of round ball ornaments on your Christmas tree you can create an eco friendly version of this traditional Christmas decoration using old newspapers, small balloons, liquid starch and paint. Simply blow up the balloon,cut the newspaper into strips, soak it in the liquid starch and completely cover the balloon with the strips. Once dry use a pin to pop the balloon, paint in your choice of colors and hot glue a piece of ribbon on for hanging. Once Christmas is over you can store these eco-friendly Christmas tree decorations for use the following year or simply toss in your recycling bin along with your newspaper.
9. Light It Up
Use a little bit of paint to turn old incandescent light bulbs into cute holiday ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. Simply paint on a design such as stripes or dots,allow to dry and hot glue a string for hanging on the tree around the neck of the light bulb.
10. Cut It Out
Instead of using cans of toxic spray snow to give your Christmas tree a wintry look this year get out your scissors and brush up on your cutting skills to make a blizzard of snowflakes to use as decorations. Once Christmas is over simply recycle the paper snowflakes with your newspapers and magazines.
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