101 ethical and ecological ideas for Xmas/Winter decs

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101 ethical and ecological ideas for Xmas/Winter decs

Post: #78356 QuakerBear
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:33 am

I've just been given a little budget to decorate my work, so....

1. Holly from the garden of the empty house next door.
2. Newspaper paper chains
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Post: #78357 Annpan
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:45 am

3. Origami baubles - link to instuctions - make them in many colors from sustainable / recycled / organic / paper and string them together to make garlands.

4. paper snowflakes... remember nursery school windows?

5. make wreaths... not just holly but any greenery (I used to use laurel) with highlights of holly, ivy and berrys.

6 Ask people to donate old chrismas decorations, you could use them as they are or spend a bit of time reinventing them (2 strands of crappy tinsel wound together looks as good as new)


Oh I'll think of more... I am the christmas elf... I love it :santa:
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Post: #78362 red
Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:34 am

ivy and bay are also good greenery, we always bring a fair bit in.
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Post: #78523 Helsbells
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:27 pm

8. Bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and orange cut into slices and slowley dried on a low oven, strung together.

9. Oranges with cloves stuck in em in a bowl on the table makes a nice smelling decoration,

10. Ginger biscuits to hang on the Christmas tree decorated with cloves, rose hips, peel etc

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Post: #78533 Thomzo
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:12 pm

Get your colleagues making paper chains from junk mail.

If you've got a big, bare wall, get all your colleagues to put all the cards that they receive on it with blue tack.

Cut stars and other shapes out of colourful junk mail and use blue tack to put them up as well.

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Post: #78537 snapdragon
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:17 pm

11. recycle old cd or dvds, cut a stencil out of thick paper lay it over the cd and use left over paints to create a snowflake, candle, tree or what-you-will design

12. same but cut out parts of last years cards (double sided sticky or craft glue 'blobs' work well)
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Post: #78544 Chickenlady
Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:33 pm

13.Make snowmen out of old loo rolls and cotton wool
14. Freecycle for and unwanted Christmas tree
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Post: #78569 mrsflibble
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:46 am

snapdragon wrote:12. same but cut out parts of last years cards (double sided sticky or craft glue 'blobs' work well)


lakeland currently have some sticky blobs on 3 for 2.
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Post: #78579 kimmie
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:00 pm

i am currently sewing popcorn together so it will act as tinsel on my tree! also i have dried orange slices to act as baubles...look great when the light shines through them...blow eggs and decorate the shells is another!

so thats 15...16...and 17 done lol
anyone for number 18?

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Post: #78591 mrsflibble
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:01 pm

18. do the same thing as Kimmie has with popcorn, only use Cranberries instead.
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Post: #78595 Annpan
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:48 pm

mrsflibble wrote:18. do the same thing as Kimmie has with popcorn, only use Cranberries instead.


Won't the cranberries stink and be a bit fuzzy by christmas :? So many people around here have their trees up already, don't fancy the chances in a centrally heated house for 4 weeks :pale:

...but they would make for interesting outdoor decorations
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Post: #78603 hamster
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:32 pm

Fake trees?
They're not weeds - that's a habitat for wildlife, don't you know?

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Post: #78613 Thomzo
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:13 pm

If there is a scrapstore near you it's worth making a visit. Not only do they have loads of fun things to make decorations out of but they often have decorations as well.

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Post: #78651 mrsflibble
Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:55 am

if the tree is near a radiator, the cranberries dry on the strings like mushrooms.
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Post: #78652 kimmie
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:01 am

you could use dried cranberries..
what about two cranberries to one popcorn for a different look!


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