Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations: 10 Easy DIY Sustainable Festive Craft Ideas

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Are you looking for eco-friendly ways to decorate your home during the festive season? 
Eco-friendly Christmas decorations are easy to create and use sustainable materials such as recycled paper, natural dyes, and reusable mason jars. They’re also very affordable and require minimal effort. So whether you want to decorate your home for the holidays or host a festive party, these ideas are perfect for you!

In this article, I will share my top tips on how to make your holiday season greener and more sustainable with a list of easy, eco-friendly DIY projects that will help you create beautiful, green holiday décor without breaking the bank!

10 Quick tips to Create Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Christmas Decorations At Home

Decorate your house for the holidays without wasting anything.
Here are some tips on how you can do it:

  1. Use natural materials like pine cones, branches, and leaves to create festive wreaths, garlands, and table decorations.
  2. Make your own wrapping paper using old newspapers, magazines, or fabric scraps.
  3. Reuse and decorate recycled glass jars or bottles with paint, ribbon, or twine to create unique vases or candle holders.
  4. Upcycle and reuse fabric scraps for handmade stockings or Christmas tree skirts.
  5. Make your own potpourri using dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  6. Fill a clear jar with mini Christmas lights for a pretty and festive decoration.
  7. Repurpose an old window frame into a rustic chalkboard Advent calendar.
  8. Cut out snowflakes from recycled paper to string up as garland or decorate your windows.
  9. Collect fallen pine needles to make a scented sachet for drawers or closets.
  10. Gather acorns, stones, and other small natural objects to create a miniature winter scene in a jar.

Sustainable Crafts: 10 ECO-FRIENDLY Christmas Decoration Projects to DIY

It’s craft time! Are you looking for some easy and sustainable Christmas decorations to make at home? Here are 10 great DIY ideas to unleash your creativity, spend time with family and make your house look festive sustainably:

1 - Homemade dried orange ornaments

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If you’re looking for a festive way to add some brightness to your Christmas tree, try making your own dried citrus ornaments. All you need is some citrus fruit, an oven, twine and some decorative materials. Select a citrus fruit that’s in good condition. You can use any type of citrus, but the juicier the fruit, the better.

  1. Cut the orange into thin round slices.
  2. Place the orange slices on a lined tray and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 3 hours
  3. Turn the slices every 30 minutes to allow the fruits to dry evenly.
  4. Once cooled down you can place the twine in each slice
  5. If you want to add extra decoration, you can use colorful ribbons, feathers, or wooden beads.

Once the ornaments are finished, hang them on your tree using string or a wire hanger. They’ll look great and add some extra flavor to your holiday decor!

2 - DIY White Clay Christmas Decorations

DIY white clay decorations are a great way to add a little extra flair to your party. You can use them to make votive holders, centerpieces, ornaments, and more. They’re easy to make and require only a few basic supplies.

The recipe to make white clay ornaments is incredibly simple. You will only need 1 cup of bicarbonate, 1/2 cup of cornflour, and 3/4 cup water.

White Clay Ornaments step-by-step process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees fan forced.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a pan and heat until it looks like mashed potatoes
  3. Leave it to cool with a damp tea towel over the pan
  4. When it’s cool enough to handle, dust your surface with cornflour and shape your clay into a ball
  5. Roll it out cut out stars, circles and every other shape you have in mind!
  6. Make a hole for string if you are hanging them up
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, turning them all halfway through
  8. Leave them to cool until completely dry. Now you can start decorating it however you want. You can use paints and other materials to create beautiful designs. Be creative!

If you want to watch this step-by-step process, check out the full video from Simply Sustainable Living

3 - Paper scraps Christmas Cards

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One of the most fun and easy DIY Christmas projects you can do is make your own paper scraps Christmas cards! All you need is some old newspapers, a few odds and ends like ribbons and buttons, and a little bit of creativity.

To make these rustic-chic cards, simply cut out holiday shapes from your newspapers, then decorate them with your favorite festive embellishments. You will find so many little things around your home to use for your cards! It’s an easy project that’s perfect for kids or anyone who loves a good DIY project. Plus, these cards are so much more unique and personal than store-bought ones.

4 - Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes

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Toilet paper roll snowflakes are a fun and easy way to make your own snowflakes! All you need is some toilet paper rolls, scissors, and glue. You can cut the toilet paper rolls into any shape you want, but we recommend keeping them simple so they’re easy to fold. Once you’ve cut out your snowflakes, all you have to do is fold them up and glue them together. You can hang your snowflakes from the ceiling or use them to decorate your Christmas tree!

5 - Upcycled Baubles with Fabric scraps

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What could be more fun than turning fabric scraps into beautiful baubles? This is a great project for using up those small pieces of fabric you can’t bear to part with. Plus, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor.

To make fabric scrap baubles, you will need:

  1. Fabric scraps in a variety of colors and patterns
  2. A hot glue gun
  3. Scissors
  4. A styrofoam ball

Start by cutting your fabric scraps into small strips. Then, use the hot glue gun to attach the strips to the styrofoam ball. Start at the top of the ball and work your way around, overlapping the strips as you go. Once the entire ball is covered, trim off any excess fabric.

Your fabric scrap bauble is now ready to hang on your tree!

6 - Wooden Clips Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

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Advent calendars are a great way to count down the days until Christmas. But store-bought advent calendars can be expensive. Making your own advent calendar is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s also a great way to save money during the holiday season.

There are so many ideas you can find online but we want to share with you the one that we most fell in love with: the “Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar” by Lovely Indeed.

This calendar truly embraces the spirit of the festive season and it is a very easy project to make as Lovely Indeed shares all the printable templates you need on their blog. Find out more HERE.

7 - Recycled Book Pages Christmas Paper Wreath

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This recycled book pages Christmas paper wreath is a fun and easy project for the holidays! All you need is a hot glue gun, some scissors, and a few supplies from your local craft store. I like to use recycled book pages because they add a nice rustic touch to my holiday decor. You can use any type or size of book pages for this project. 

To make the wreath, there are many different ways you can fold the book pages to achieve different types of wreaths. Here you can find all the step-by-step instructions.

This recycled book pages Christmas paper wreath is a great way to add some homemade holiday cheer to your home!

8 - Christmas Pinecone Garland

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If you’re looking for a fun and festive diy project to get you into the Christmas spirit, look no further than this pinecone garland! This garland is easy to make and is a great way to decorate your home for the holidays. All you need is some string, a hot glue gun, and a bunch of pinecones. Simply glue the pinecones to the string, spacing them out evenly, and you’re done! You can hang your garland on your mantel, over a doorway, or anywhere else in your home that could use a little holiday cheer.

9 - Mason Jar Christmas Tree snow globe

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Mason jar Christmas trees snow globes are becoming increasingly popular because they are so easy to make. All you need is a small bottle brush to use as a Christmas tree, a Mason jar, and some glue and snowflakes. Then simply attach the Mason jars to the tree using glue or wire. 

This unique decoration is sure to bring some holiday cheer to your home. It can be a gift to make to your eco-conscious loved ones!

A full tutorial to make a snow globe out of a mason jar is here.

10 - Upcycled Wine Bottle Candle Holders

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When it comes to creating a festive atmosphere, don’t forget to also add candles. Candles add warmth and ambience to any room and are a wonderful alternative to traditional lights. Plus, non-toxic candles are environmentally friendly because they burn cleanly without emitting harmful chemicals.

Wine bottle candle holders are a great way to upcycle old wine bottles and turn them into something new and beautiful. They make great gifts and can be used to decorate your home or office. To make a wine bottle candle holder, you will need an empty wine bottle, a candle, and a drill. First, remove the label from the wine bottle. Then, use a drill to make a hole in the center of the top of the bottle. Next, insert the candle into the hole. Finally, light the candle and enjoy your new upcycled wine bottle candle holder!

Final Thoughts on DIY Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations

In conclusion, if you’re looking for eco-friendly holiday decorations, look no further than nature itself or recycled materials. From pinecones to twigs, leaves to berries, and even flowers, nature has everything you could possibly need to create beautiful and unique decorations for your home. And when you use natural materials, you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals leaching into your house from plastic wreaths or artificial greenery. 

If you are struggling to find unique gift ideas, consider some of those projects for your loved ones! You’ll be helping to preserve the environment by reducing waste and saving resources while gifting a great handmade gift they will never forget!

So go green this year and decorate your home using only natural materials.

Happy holidays! x

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