Decorating for Christmas is something I look forward to every December, and I am sure this is an activity that brings joy to many others. However, there is no denying that with Christmas the amount of plastic use increases. If you are like me and want to keep the joy of decorating but try and be more conscious about it, here are some ideas for some eco-friendly Christmas decorations to try this holiday season.
Besides the classic smell of pine, the smell of citrus has always reminded me of Christmas. If you are opting out of having a real tree, a great way to have your house smelling like Christmas is to decorate it with dried citrus.
Simply cut oranges, clementines or grapefruits into thin round slices. You then have to place them on a baking tray and put them in the oven, on low heat, for around three hours. They will dry and slightly darken in colour, but the smell will prevail. They also make for a very rustic-looking tree (especially if you add some pine cones to it). If you want to spice up your tree ornaments even more, you can tie together some cinnamon sticks and hang them up.
The slices of citrus can also be strung into a garland to decorate your house with, or they can be used to make a wreath for your front door.
One of my earliest memories around the holidays is of my grandmother teaching me how to make paper snowflakes. We used to do that together every year, and we’d usually use scrap paper left over from other projects. Not only is making decorations a great way to spend time with family, but it’s cheap and the end results are so pretty.
A great idea is to make a wreath out of old cards. We all have a box or drawer filled with old birthday and holiday cards that we have pretty much forgotten about. All you need is the cover of the cards, you can keep the half with the well-wishes. Cut your cards into a leaf shape and stick them stacked on top of one another. It’s simple, but the result looks so good!
I grew up in a household where old jars where never thrown away. After their contents was used up, they were thoroughly washed and put in a cupboard, ready to be reused and repurposed. Because of this upbringing, I now do the same. Glass jars are quite versatile when it comes to repurposing. You can use them to drink out of (especially since mason jars have become popular), put leftovers in them to keep in the fridge, or store other small bits and bobs.
My favourite way to reuse them, however, is turn them into candle holders. All you have to do is decorate the jar and place a small candle inside. You can do this in so many ways! Over the years, I have painted the jars, covered them in colourful scraps of paper, wrapped them up in old tinsel, or stuck feathers to them. It makes for a fun family activity, and you end up with some lovely decorations for the Christmas table, as well as the house.
Eco-friendly Christmas decorations such as these help you keep the joy and spirit of the holidays alive while making some conscious changes to be kinder to the planet during a period that seriously affects it in lots of negative ways.