The Christmas season is coming and, with it, the decorations to dress the home with magic and illusion, while giving it a cozy look. This year we propose a different decoration: a way to make your Christmas “greener”. You can forget about adding tinsel and colored lights to the Christmas shopping list and give your pocket a break by decorating the home (and other places, like the car) with recycled materials and objects that we no longer use. The result? A more beautiful and Christmas decoration than the traditional one.
Christmas is a time of good purpose. Some of the ornaments that are traditionally used are not too kind to the environment, for example, the felling of natural trees with the sole purpose of adorning thousands of houses or the millions of lights on that remain using electricity all day. There are other options, just as festive, but much more sustainable. And you won’t have to give up on music and glitters. Discover with AgroCorrn how to make an ecological Christmas decoration.
- Homemade crowns
- Candles to make the house shine
- Ecological spruce
- The Trannenboing, the last thing this Christmas
- Cardboard figures with nails
- Oranges with cloves for the kitchen
- In nature there are materials that will help us decorate
- Use the felt to create the traditional socks that hang from the fireplace
- Wood, a more sustainable material than plastic
- Retrieve old congratulations to decorate the home
- Ecological congratulations
- The Nativity Scene with clay figures, toilet paper or corks
- Set an example
Starting at the front door, you can create a Christmas wreath that congratulates your neighbors and guests on the holidays, but using elements such as old fabrics.
It is simpler than it seems, you will only have to choose 4 or five clothes that you no longer use (if possible, of different colors) and cut them into strips. Then insert them on a wire to form a nice crown. Complete the decoration with dried pine cones or branches. Another option is to make it from old corks. A wreath like this, in various shapes and sizes, can adorn the walls of the home and other places, like the fireplace.
Candles to make the house shine
To give a subdued and magical look at home, we recommend purchasing LED light candles. They are also made of wax and the great advantage is that they are reusable. In addition, they do not have a flame, so you will avoid unexpected burns of children or pets, and they do not release smoke, so the environment of your home will be much cleaner.
If this option, even so, does not convince you, try making your own natural candles with materials that are not harmful to the environment and dress your house for Christmas.
Maybe you want to be ecological, but do not give up having a fir tree decorating your house during these dates. There are alternatives that do not involve cutting down real trees or promoting the manufacture of fake fir trees with toxic and polluting materials such as PVC. You can buy fir trees made of polyethylene , a much more beneficial material, or create it yourself, from, for example, cardboard (you can then fill it with green cotton and create your own personalized tree).
If you are not very crafty, they already sell beautiful trees made from recycled cardboard. It won’t work for outdoors, but it will look great indoors.
The Trannenboing, the last thing this Christmas
The latest in sustainable Christmas trees: an inexpensive, ecological and highly original idea that will surprise all your visitors is the so-called Tannenboing. It is a recycled aluminum tree in the shape of a spring that you can later decorate at your leisure. It is light and will be perfect in any corner of the home.
At the end of Christmas, remember not to throw your fir tree and try to make it last as long as possible so as not to incur an excessive expense.
To make your Christmas tree light up, we recommend buying LED light sets, much better than incandescent ones. In addition to being better, they consume much less electricity, a relief for the planet and your pocket. Today, you will find them for very little money, for about 16-20 euros and they will last you for many years. Remember not to abuse them and turn them off whenever you are at home.
Cardboard figures with nails
To make all kinds of figures and decorations yourself, cardboard will be a great ally. Collect all the cards that do not serve you and create with your family all kinds of Christmas figures: reindeer, stars, balls or bows. Once done, you can paint them, wrap them with old clothes and fill them with glitter. You can also do it with magazines or old clothes. With a thread or wool, they will serve to decorate the tree, the door and all the rooms of the home. For decorations in the kitchen, add aromatic spices, such as cloves, which will help to give it a very Christmas and delicious smell.
Oranges with cloves for the kitchen
We can also hang oranges and prick them with this peculiar spice. You will see how your house smells like Christmas while you are decorating it with bright colors.
In nature there are materials that will help us decorate
Nature will also provide us with great options to decorate: berries, branches, acorns, stones or dried cones. With a gold or silver spray, we can turn them into precious ornaments.
Use the felt to create the traditional socks that hang from the fireplace
A classic that does not fail: make felt-based socks (at least one different for each member of the family) and fill them with sweets or gifts. They are ideal for hanging in the fireplace.
Wood, a more sustainable material than plastic
If, even so, you need more decoration, avoid using plastic for it, opt for wooden figures and take advantage of organic cotton.
Retrieve old congratulations to decorate the home
Another way to decorate the walls of your house is by recovering the Christmas or Christmas greetings from past years. Surely, if you search, you have many and some of them will make you smile. Hang them around your house and you will see how their appearance changes.
When it comes to sending Christmas greetings, it is not necessary to incur the expense of paper and cardboard that we used to do a few years ago. Now, we have a tool like the Internet and we will find original and free ways to congratulate our loved ones on the holidays.
If you are a lover of the traditional, with recycled cardboard and some colors, make your own congratulations. In addition, you can also take the opportunity to give something made by your hands and do without the usual packaging. An old scarf or a magazine can be perfect wrapping papers that will make the person who receives them aware. You can also buy online or in specialized stores eco-friendly wrapping paper, with beautiful designs.
The Nativity Scene with clay figures, toilet paper or corks
Regarding the traditional Nativity scene, we suggest you make the figures yourself with clay and paint, with rolls of toilet paper and wool or with wine bottle corks. You will see what a funny result! You can even take advantage of small dolls like your children’s Play-Mobil to create an original and ecological Nativity Scene. Sprinkle flour on top, create the Bethlehem portal with branches that you find in the field and complete with the set of LED lights that we have proposed at the beginning of this post.
Set an example
These and other ideas will help you set an example and decorate with an ecological conscience. Think that, in the United States alone, approximately $ 75 trillion (69 trillion euros) is spent on Christmas gifts, 1.9 million greeting cards are sent and 20.8 million Christmas expenses are cut. The impact on the environment of these parties is enormous and we can do our bit to try to reduce it.
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