Stringing the lights, putting up the tree, lighting the candles— there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by decking your halls with festive decorations. Drum up some Christmas and Hanukkah cheer while keeping green living ideals in mind by recycling and reusing what you already have at home to decorate for the holidays.
Tree: Last week we gave you seven green holiday tips, including this idea for DIY-ing your Christmas tree. We loved these trees made of old books, wrapping paper rolls, egg cartons and beer cans so much, we decided to share them again! Forego the artificial tree that will eventually end up in a landfill and a real tree that sheds needles and sap all over your living room, and create your own custom, 100% sustainable alternative.
Wreaths: Set the tone for green holiday décor with an eco-friendly, DIY wreath. Here are a few ideas for this Christmastime classic made using recycled materials. From mixed greens and fruit to old neckties and wine corks, holiday wreaths can be made from an assortment of things you find around the house. There are so many fun, interesting ideas for creating your own holiday wreath; you’ll never purchase another one from a store!
Ornaments: Spruce up your spruce with special tree ornaments made by you and your family. Recycle scraps of fabric, old T-shirts and worn-out blankets to make these felt DIY Christmas ornaments.
Stockings: When you make your own stockings, you’ll be sure to hang them by the chimney with care. Upcycle your old sweaters (bonus if they’re “ugly Christmas sweaters”) to craft these adorable stockings that Santa won’t fail to stuff with goodies.
Menorahs: One of the easiest do-it-yourself decorations is a DIY Hanukkah menorah. Use any nine candle-holding vessels—including wine bottles or even plastic dinosaur toys — making one slightly larger than the others. Take the process a step further and follow these instructions for an olive oil menorah that harkens back to the days of Hanukkah’s origins.
Dreidels: If you’ve ever bought a dreidel, then you’ve probably also lost a dreidel. Dreidels, the tiny spinning tops popular with children at Hanukkah and the namesake for the popular song, tend to go missing as soon as the gelt has been dealt (only to be found under the couch or in the dog’s bowl at a later date). Instead of buying another dreidel set this year, make your dreidel out of a milk carton, rather than clay— it will be dry and ready (and eco-friendly!) before you can finish singing the song.