Now that Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate the house. If you’re looking for a more sustainable way to celebrate the holiday season, then consider making your own eco-friendly decorations.
Sustainable materials like wood, wool, and cork can be used to create beautiful holiday wreaths, garlands, and centrepieces. And best of all, making your own sustainable decorations is a great way to spend quality time with the kids and get everyone into the festive spirit. So why not give it a try this year? You might be surprised at how much fun you have – and how much money you save – by going green this holiday season.
A festive garland
Dried orange slices are a popular craft material, and they can be used in a variety of ways.
One popular use for dried oranges is to make a garland. To make a garland, you will need around 6-10 oranges, some string or twine, and a needle. First, slice the oranges into thin rounds and arrange them on a wire rack to dry. This can take anywhere from two to three days, depending on the thickness of the slices and the humidity of the air.
Once the oranges are dry, thread them onto the string or twine, spacing them out evenly. You can then hang the garland up as decoration. Orange slices can also be used to make potpourri or candles.
Salt dough ornaments
Christmas is a time for family, friends and, of course, crafts! Making salt dough ornaments is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.
Salt dough is simple to make and can be easily moulded into any shape you like. Once you’ve made your salt dough, simply use a cookie cutter to cut out your desired shapes.
One great thing about salt dough ornaments is that they can be personalised to reflect your family’s interests. For example, you could make salt dough ornaments in the shape of your favourite animal or hobby. You could even make a toy digger shaped one for your little builder!
Pine cone wreath
Making your own pine cone wreath is a fun and easy project that can be done in an afternoon.
All you need are some pine cones, a hot glue gun, and some ribbon or twine. First, gather your pine cones and arrange them on a flat surface. Once you have your desired arrangement, begin glueing the pine cones to each other using a hot glue gun. You can also add some decoration to your wreath at this point, such as berries or flowers.
Once all of the pine cones are glued together, tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the top of the wreath to finish it off. Hang your new wreath on your front door or in a window to enjoy the beauty of nature all Christmas long!
This year, take some time to make your own sustainable decorations using materials like dried fruit, pine cones, spruce tree or fabric scraps. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be helping to reduce waste and protect the environment. And who knows? You might even start a new family tradition in the process.