During the GreenCupboards.com office decorating competition, our team put our heads together to think up new ways to decorate using the guidelines of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Here’s some of fun ways we stayed green. Feel free to use this as a guide for your own holiday decorating!
Magazine flower Wreath: Don’t throw away those old magazines! Reuse each individual page to make a paper flower (or three)! These flowers can be attached to a round cardboard back (cut from a cereal box) to create a colorful festive holiday wreath.
T-shirt bows: Want to add a vintage flare to your Christmas gifts this year? Instead of tossing your stained or worn out t-shirts, use them to make creative bows! Cut old clothes into strips and make them into bows! Tie them around packages; attach them to garlands and doors! These vintage bows are a great personal touch to a gift.
Paper Snowflakes: Forget the snow machine! Cut snowflake shapes from used papers and hang them up to make your home a wonderland.
Popcorn and Cranberry Garland: Instead of spending holiday cash on fluffy lavish garlands, create your own. Sit down with the kids or your loved one and spend the afternoon stringing popcorn and cranberries together.
Newspaper Gift Wrap: Year after year we spend money on wrapping paper just to throw it away on Christmas morning. This year, save some time and use your money on something more worthwhile! Old newspaper serves as the perfect wrapping paper.
Paper Chain: In need of a fun holiday craft? Fold old ads and attach loops to make a long chain to hang over your door frame or mantel.
Wall-String-Tree: If a tree is what you’re missing, never fear! You can create a forest of trees with a few tacks and some string. Tack a line of string in a tree shape on your wall and decorate it however you like!