Colourful Christmas decorations for your home from recycled household items
We love Christmas – it’s a time to spend with loved ones, enjoy a bit of festive spirit, and of course there’s the presents and food! However, it’s also a time of extra waste, rubbish and stuff thrown away so instead of adding to that this year, why not make an attempt to recycle a bit more than usual? We love the idea of creating colourful Christmas decorations for your home from recycled household items, which are festive and still environmentally responsible. Check out these ideas for some inspiration.
Old board games
Those old games that you used to bring out every year that have missing pieces or that you’ve not looked at in years could make some great Christmas ornaments instead. Those missing Scrabble tiles can be used to make gorgeous Christmas decorations or even gifts for your family – just check out these examples of scrabble art.
Snow globes from empty jam jars
Empty glass jam jars have so many uses, but in December you can use these everyday items to make colourful and pretty Christmas decorations and snow globes. All you’ll need is some glitter, water and a few Christmas-themed cut-outs to make your snowy scene, which you can make from old toys or even old Christmas cake decorations. We love this winter wonderland scene which you can make from scraps of old paper – no water required!
Light bulb tree ornaments
Many of us throw away our old lightbulbs when they stop working, but with a little crafty know-how you can transform these everyday objects into colourful Christmas decorations for your tree. Simply dip the lightbulbs in shimmery paint, or cover with glitter, and then tie a ribbon around the end so that they hang neatly on your tree. Check out these inspired ideas and get ready to personalise your own.
Christmas food is surely one of the best things about the season, and while you’re making mince pies and gingerbread men, don’t throw away leftovers as you can use these to make colourful edible decorations for your tree. Iced snowflake biscuits from leftover biscuit ingredients are a gorgeous personal touch, and this gingerbread cookie garland is so festive and delicious, and can be strung up with some leftover wrapping string.
Leftover wrapping paper is one of the biggest waste streams over Christmas, and in fact we recently wrote a blog post about how you can cut down on using so much of it. If you receive presents from other people who haven’t found alternative methods of wrapping and you’d like to recycle your wrapping paper, just take a look at this beautiful star garland which is made from newspaper but which could be just as easily made from colourful wrapping paper that has been repurposed instead of being thrown away. Great idea!