101 ethical and ecological ideas for Xmas/Winter decs

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Post: #78661 red
Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:35 pm

are cranberries an ethical choice? thought they were imported..
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Post: #78663 mrsflibble
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:20 pm

:roll: rosehips then. and once dried they can go in rosehip jelly.
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Post: #78811 gigglybug
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:34 pm

Are we on 19?

19. You could paint penne pasta all different colours, thread onto string and hang up around the room.

Great for getting little ones involved. But not if you have a beige carpet!!! :shock:

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Post: #78830 mrsflibble
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:03 pm

wow i love that one, you can get asda smartprice ones for 19p per 500g.
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Post: #78832 ina
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:11 pm

To be honest - I can't think using (abusing) food in this way should be called ethical... Or am I too PC here, and a terrible spoilsport? :?
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Post: #78838 mrsflibble
Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:26 pm

what about if she painted it with Langdale's food colourings? then it could still be eaten.


and Langdale's are both cheap and natural.
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Post: #78872 ina
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:04 am

Why not make paper chains?
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Post: #78889 Annpan
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:10 pm

20. on an ethical and edible thread.... ginger biscuits (iced or un-iced) cut out in christmassy theme cookie cutters, with ribbon through them to hang on the tree.
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Post: #78892 red
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:29 pm

21 bay leaves can be sewn with ribbon to make lovely chains. helps if you have your own bay tree....
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Post: #79052 JasonP71
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:01 pm

What about the old humble pine cone... they're really decorative and just lying around on the floor?

We always make something for each other to celebrate Yule, and my son made a lovely reindeer tree hanger from a pinecone (body), acorn (head), twigs (antlers), old string (legs) and acorn 'hats' for the hooves.

Also, what about buying a growing christmas tree and keeping it all year round? We also saw a website last week where you could hire a growing tree for christmas...

We bought solar glowing lights last year from Maplins and hung them in the apple tree.

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Post: #79130 ina
Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:03 pm

Crack walnuts very carefully, so you have two entire halves. Poke out nuts (and eat!), glue halves together again with coloured ribbon/wool or whatever in between to hang them from. You could paint the nuts first, too.

We used to make stars from straw when I was little. You could buy special straw for that - bits like drinking straws, short and straight. They had to be split and ironed for certain star forms, and then they were cut to size and bound together with thread.
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Post: #97633 ocailleagh
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:04 pm

24. As I mentioned in a post elsewhere, braid long strands of ivy together to make garlands, wrap with strings of cranberries and popcorn and suspend cinnamon sticks and dried studded oranges or orange slices from them. Its true there are ethical concerns with cranberries, but you could always use home-grown, or as someone suggested, rose-hips. I've never found the cranberries to go mouldy either, they just dry out (even in my cold, damp little flat). The popcorn can be strung outside after the festive season for the birds to munch, though they don't seem too interested in the cranberries. And using food as decoration at Yule is traditional, as well as symbolising the impending return of the sun (in the case of red or orange fruit), it can symbolise the fruit laden branches of the previous harvest (and also the following harvest as a bit of sympathetic magick) and is also part of the idea of having plenty during the darkest and coldest point of the year. If people from a time before supermarkets and the like could manage to use foodstuffs in such a way, I see no reason why we today shouldn't.
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Post: #97688 hedgewitch
Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:52 am

25. Collect little twigs and glue gun them together to make stars.
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Post: #99415 Amaranth
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:49 pm

30 (I think) ) Bowls of red and green apples.

31) Nontoxic wreaths with bunches of round red radishes tied or wired on. Mist them with drinkable water to keep them plump and then you can eat them when you take the radishes off.

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Post: #99563 cinders
Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:05 pm

not sure this has been said.

Tie plastic bag strips to an opened out hanger to make a wreath


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