DIY Christmas: Easy And Ethical Christmas Decorations

This Christmas, go for a natural, zero waste theme with your decorations and table settings, rather than buying new. From scraps of fabric, to using things found in your kitchen, these bright, colourful and beautiful festive decorations will make anyone smile. Take a look.

1. MAKE YOUR OWN PRINTED WRAPPING PAPER 

So much paper is wasted at Christmas each year as it’s eagerly torn off and put straight into the bin – recycling if we’re lucky. And remember anything with glitter, foil or with sellotape on it can’t be recycled.

Reduce the waste this year by creating your own DIY wrapping paper using recycled or scrap paper.

Save newsprint throughout December to reuse and wrap your gifts or buy a roll recycled parcel paper and print it yourself.

Materials required: 
  • Recycled parcel paper
  • Small potatoes
  • Paint or vegetable ink
  • Small dish or plate
  • Knife for carving
  • Pen/pencil for marking shape
  • Rosemary / foraged leaves and berries
Method:
  1. Start by doing some research into the pattern you want to make. You can personalise each sheet to each person you’re gifting to. We think Pinterest is great to get some ideas (follow our Ethical Christmas board for more tips and ideas).
  2. Once you’ve got your patterns you’ll need to carve out the stamps into potatoes. Take a potato and cut it in half. This will now make two stamps.
  3. Try to dry out the top of each slice as much as possible with a towel and then etch in your shape with a pen or pencil. Geometric shapes are easier to carve out.
  4. Take a knife and carefully carve out the shape. You want to make sure that when you stamp it, the only part of the potato that touches the paper is the shape that you’ve carved.
  5. Lay out the sheet of paper that you want to wrap with. You could cut the shape to the present first or print the entire roll if you know you’ll be using it all.
  6. You might need to dry out the stamp a little more now if it has become wet again. This is important before we start stamping.
  7. Put some of your paint or vegetable ink into a small dish and press your stamp into it. It’s a good idea to do a few practise prints to make sure you get the right amount of pressure and ink.
  8. Now start stamping and create your pattern. Leave the paper to dry for about 20 minutes and then you’re ready to start wrapping.
  9. To avoid sticky tape, tie the present up with string and add some foraged sprigs and berries for an extra festive touch.
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2. ETHICAL AND BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TABLE SETS

This Christmas set your table using natural, foraged items, for a back to nature, low waste vibe.

There are so many amazing colours around every winter, why shop for something plastic or single use, when you can find such beautiful things in nature.

Materials:
  • Scrap hessian fabric or other scrap fabric
  • Linen or cotton napkins
  • Foraged sprigs or sprigs of rosemary
  • Dried berries
  • Dried orange slices
  • Sage leaves
  • Cinnamon stick
Method:
  1. The key to this styling is layering different patterns and textures. We used scrap hessian fabric and folded it into a table runner that can run along all of the places along the table.
  2. We used a wooden serving plate, which acts as a placemat – but it could later be used to serve up some fancy desserts or cheese boards.
  3. We then placed our dinner plate on top and added another folded piece of hessian in the center. You can use whatever scrap fabric you have. The beauty of this set up is that they don’t all need to match. You can use miss-matching dinnerware and it’ll still look styled and put together. You can then put the side plate on top of the fabric.
  4. We rolled up a napkin and tied it with string and placed this on top of the side plate.
  5. Tuck foraged springs, berries or the dried orange slices you made for the garland into the napkin for the finishing touch. We used sage leaves, a dried orange slice with cloves, a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary.
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3. EMPTY NAYA SKIN CARE BOTTLE CANDLE HOLDERS

Don’t toss your empty cosmetic bottles, they make for beautiful candle holders to light up your festive dinner.

Hydration Mask Upcycling as Candle Holder

4. EASY BUTTON CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS 

These button Christmas trees can be made as tree ornaments or table toppers. Using a glue gun keeps the process quick and easy, but if you’d rather, you can thread your buttons together with a needle and metallic thread, the old fashioned way.

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5. SELF-FILLED ACRYLIC CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS

It couldn’t be easier! For our next DIY we only need reusable acrylic Christmas balls and a few nice, Christmas accessories and branches to fill. You can of course take what you want. Maybe some natural glitter, a photo or fir branches? Your creativity knows no limits!

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6. NATURAL CHRISTMAS BALLS WITH KRAFT PAPER

Balls of every color and size are simply a part of Christmas! We created our own natural Christmas balls from old book pages, kraft paper and a ball blank. In addition to the materials already listed, you only need scissors and adhesive strips or a glue stick. First we cut out small circles from old book pages and the brown kraft paper and provided our tree decoration blank with longitudinal adhesive strips. Double-sided tape is of course ideal!
Now we start gluing from below. To do this, we always take a cut-out paper circle and glue it to the tape. Moved above, we now fill the rest of the ball with our various papers and our beautifully natural Christmas ball is ready!

First we cut out small circles from old book pages and the brown kraft paper and provided our tree decoration blank with longitudinal adhesive strips. Double-sided tape is of course ideal! Now we start gluing from below. To do this, we always take a cut-out paper circle and glue it to the tape. Moved above, we now fill the rest of the ball with our various papers and our beautifully natural Christmas ball is ready!

Image Source: Pinterest
Image Source: Pinterest

7. DRIED ORANGE SLICES

Dried orange slices add color and a pleasant scent to your Christmas tree. To make your own, bake slices of citrus in the oven at 150 degrees for three to four hours, or let your sliced fruit air dry for 4 days. Oranges are the classic choice, but you can use the same technique with lemons, limes, and even grapefruit!

Enjoy doing some handicrafts!