Christmas has hit the stores big time. Decorations need us, apparently. All that bright shiny single use plastic calls to people and begs to be taken home.
DON'T DO IT! Single use plastic is evil - the antithesis of Christmas. To find out just how evil plastic is, read this post: Megan Bayliss Talks a Little Gyre Garbage.
Make your own Christmas decorations and bunting using recycled materials. Try this easy plastic milk bottle and plastic bag bunting:
- thick plastic bags
- waxy white rounds from under milk bottle lids
- hole punch
- optional crochet hook
What you do
Decide on the Christmas words you want to use. I used Merry Christmas because it fitted nicely across the top of my door.
Paint a letter of each word onto the white waxy round from the milk bottle lid. I used acrylic paint and painted with a used chop stick and not a paint brush.
Hole punch the top of each round
Cut your plastic bag into rounds and loop through each hole
Make some plarn. Crochet or plait the plarn to make a length from which to hang your Christmas greetings/words.
Loop each letter (in order so it spells a word) through the plarn rope.
Hang your recycled Christmas bunting.
Recycled tinsel and bunting is HOT baby.
Here's some more ideas for recycled Christmas decorations.
Reindeer from milk bottle plastic (made by Jess Grinter)
Instructions here: How to make an Angel from an aluminium drink can
Use milk bottles as packaging. Paint them and stick a recycled bow on top. Instructions for the bows here: Multi loop gift bows from magazine pages
Use colourful junk mail to wrap gifts. Finish with a junk mail bow too.
Make a quilted CD decoration (just folding and gluing - no sewing)
Have a merry recycled Christmas and give the environment a gift too.