What if I were to tell you that this year it’s not necessary to pull out even one solitary dollar to deck your halls? There is already so much stuff cluttering our homes; all we really have to do is view things in a fresh, new light. Ready to take the plunge?
Dive into your recycling bin for unexpected decorating inspiration!Ever consider creating an entire theme around “trash-to-treasure” holiday decorations? Think about all of the materials ripe for the picking in your recycling bins — plastic containers can be easily cut into all sorts of shapes and sizes, tin cans can be transformed into mini holiday-themed dioramas, light bulbs can be converted into painted ornaments, magazines into beaded garlands and old clothing into decorative frippery. Make it a holiday tradition in your family and bestow a special gift to the most original creation each year. Here are a few inspirational ideas:
- This recycled necktie tree skirt is destined to be a family heirloom.
- Turn LED Christmas lights into a unique illuminated, eye-catching display using a recycled wine bottle or adorn a single strand with hand-decorated recycled egg carton cups.
- Repurpose tomato cages into festive Christmas trees.
- Transform old sheet music or maps into tree-shaped ornaments like Montclair Made does.
- How about crafting some beer and soda bottle cap ornaments for the holidays?
- Collect pinecones from the forest floor for your own earthy garland, make a festive garland featuring assorted fabric scraps or create a recycled paper catalog version suspended on a fallen branch.
- Old light bulbs make great Christmas tree ornaments.
- DIY sustainable wreath ideas abound featuring materials as diverse as recycled men’s neckties, old compact discs, upcycled metal cans, birch bark “curls” and a ruffled, textured version made with the pages of an old book.