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5 Fun Holiday Craft Ideas
1. Ornamental Flair
Ornaments are typically harder to recycle due to their varied makeup of plastics, glitter, metal and the like. And whether you tore open your poorly taped box to find broken ornaments or your Christmas tree simply needs a makeover this year, don’t make an extra trip to the store for new ornaments.
For an “earthy” Christmas twist, utilize the acorn litter in your backyard to make felted acorn ornaments. We love these because they’re not so holiday-centric and can be used any time of the year as pendants or nifty wall decor.
Recycling bottle caps is always a hot topic around here, as caps are usually made from a different plastic resin than their bottles. But in case you were saving those caps for a rainy day (or a trip to Aveda to recycle them), Mother Nature Network has the perfect bottle cap bow ornament craft project to remedy that growing heap of caps. We love that you can personalize the ornament with you favorite photos or designs.
We’re also going to throw in a shameless plug here: Download Earth911’s treecycling ornament for a friendly reminder to recycle your Christmas tree once the holidays are over.
2. Set the Mood
We’re not sure how the chemistry works here, but the smell of a fresh pine or peppermint candle mixes so well with sugar cookies and eggnog. Instead of spending 20 bucks on store-bought holders, make your own tin can luminaries from those leftover cans of cranberry sauce and such from your most recent get-together.
How many of those fancy china teacups do you really use? Add a classy touch to your holiday with teacup lights. Use them as centerpieces on your coffee table or give them as gifts to your co-workers. This project is especially great because it looks expensive but only requires a few materials, and is as easy as melting a couple of old candles. We would expect nothing less from Martha Stewart.