Christmas Ornaments From Recycled Materials
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Christmas Ornaments from Recycled Materials

Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Instead of buying brand new Christmas ornaments every year, here are Christmas decorations you can make from things that you might recycle.What happened to the Christmas ornaments you used last year? Have you ever unpacked a box of ornaments and found that a few somehow ended up broken? Did a box of ornaments mysteriously go missing? Instead of spending money on new Christmas ornaments you can make some from recycled materials that you already have at home.

Recycling is good for the planet – and for your budget! Instead of buying brand new Christmas ornaments every year, why not take some “trash” and turn it into holiday treasure? Here are a few simple Christmas decorations you can make from things that you are about to drop into the recycle bin.

DIY Christmas Decorations

Paper Stars
Save up some empty cardboard toilet paper tubes. Cut them into strips (that will automatically become rings). Fasten the rings together with a bit of tape or glue. Cross the rings over each other until they make a star. You can decorate it with glitter, stickers, or anything else you have at home. Add a bit of string so you can hang it up. A blog called Sinnenrausch has a visual step-by-step that you can follow.

Recycled Christmas Card Garland
This simple, yet elegant, idea comes from Martha Stewart Holidays. Gather up those old Christmas cards that are stored away somewhere. Do you ever look at them? Probably not! You will need a lid from a jar to trace around. Pick out the most visually interesting parts of the cards, and cut that area into a circle. Get a long piece of heavy string. Use a sticker to attach the back of the card to the string. Drape it over your tree, or across a doorway.

Puzzle Piece Ornaments
Got a puzzle that has a lot of pieces missing? Lisa’s Craft Blog has a fun idea that will use up the rest of those pieces. Pick out a few, and glue them together in the shape of a snowflake. Paint the whole thing white, add a string, and you have a cute handmade ornament.

Pinecone Ornaments
Country Living has a really easy to make recycled Christmas ornament. Pick up the pine cones that are in your yard, (or buy a big package of them from a craft store). Spray paint them silver or white. Add a string, and you are done!

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