All that glitters is not necessarily green…
Tinsel and ornaments are stunning on the tree; however the landfill sites they end up on are not quite as attractive. Here are some environmentally friendly Christmas decorations:
A tree sparkling with lights and ornaments is a vital part of celebrating the Christmas season – however let’s be truthful, most ornaments are synthetic and destined for the landfill site.
Also, do you seriously have to put up three large, illuminated plastic Santa Claus figures in your garden to be able to enjoy the festive time? There’s alternative route; an environmentally friendly method.
Bring out last year’s decorations
- Plenty of people clean off their decorations then utilize the same ones year after year. That is certainly more environmentally friendly than buying the “hottest fashion” baubles every year.
- You might be able to fixing several damaged baubles, or else customise them if they are beginning to seem worn out.
- Some excellent news: you need not fret too much with regards to ordinary Christmas fairy lights as they do not expend that much energy. Nevertheless you swap change regular lights with power reduction ones. LED light bulbs draw on less power than standard Christmas light bulbs, consequently it’s recommended to attempt for this kind.
- Whilst adorning the tree, you can consider using edible environmentally friendly Christmas decorations instead of plastic baubles to prevent producing refuse.
- You could potentially attempt to make your own edible environmentally friendly Christmas decorations, possibly from gingerbread or shortbread.
Cinnamon and Salt Dough Decorations
Keep the designs easy and not too thick, so they will not dry out – they can also be painted and varnished to preserve them.
Remember – these environmentally friendly Christmas decorations are not edible!
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
- Combine the dry ingredients then slowly include the water until you have a firm dough. Knead for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Roll out the salt dough and cut gingerbread men in various dimensions.
- Cut holes through uncooked dough to string cord or cotton through as hangers; otherwise glue these on the rear when hardened.
- Bake decorations 165C (325F) based on the thickness. They may take as much as 90 minutes. Bake slowly to dry out – if kept dry they last indefinitely.
- Since they are quite light in colour, colour using a mix of PVA glue and Raw Sienna acrylic paint.
- You could also sprinkle with fragrant spices for example cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Create squiggly lines with paint and hot glue bow ties.
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon or mixed spice
1 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup PVA glue
- Mix all of the ingredients until the dough is firm. Knead for 5 minutes, cover with wrap and allow to stand for 30 minutes.
- Roll and craft shapes utilizing Christmas cookie cutters.
- Lay on a cooling rack covered with gauze after baking and allow to dry, turning occasionally.
How do you create a more environmentally friendly Christmas at your home? If you have any more ideas for environmentally friendly Christmas decorations, feel free to add them by leaving your comment below.
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