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Go Green! 5 DIY Christmas Decorations Using Recycling Materials!

Go Green! 5 DIY Christmas Decorations Using Recycling Materials!

Let’s face it, Christmas can get expensive. Even the “best time of the year” can be a little discouraging on the wallet. Not only that, but most of us are guilty of being a little wasteful from time to time. Instead of throwing away materials like wine corks, wrapping paper, newspaper, and toilet paper rolls, these items can be saved throughout the year to make some adorable Christmas crafts that will have your friends wondering where you bought them. This Christmas, let’s do some eco-crafts that will keep the waste down and our bank accounts happy.

These are the basic materials you will need for this everything in this guide:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge (or equivalent liquid glue)
  • Newspaper
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Green Paint
  • Red Beads
  • Wine Corks
  • Twigs
  • String or Twine
  • Cardboard
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors or a Hole Punch
  • Tissue Paper or Old Wrapping Paper
  • Bells & Small Red Puff Balls (optional)

1. Christmas Banner

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    photo credit Maria Parsons

    1. Grab your permanent marker and draw out any kind of letters you want on a piece of cardboard. Feel free to find some patterns online to make sure your letters come out clean. If you are really concerned about the letters being sloppy, craft stores sell really cheap pre-cut letters that could be used instead.
    2. After the letters are cut, use a hole punch at the top of each letter to make a small hole or just poke a hole with some scissors.
    3. Put some Mod Podge or glue on top of each letter—make sure you get every inch (you can always poke through the hole again if needed) of one side of the letter. Let the letter sit for a couple of seconds then cover with a generous amount of glitter. After the glue is set, shake off the excess glitter.
    4. String up the letters and hang wherever you would like.

    2. Candle Holder

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      photo credit Elin B.

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      1. Grab a used can and remove the label. Make sure one side has not been opened and the can is clean.
      2. Smear Mod Podge or glue all over the can evenly.
      3. Carefully put tissue paper, newspaper, or wrapping paper over the entire can and set to dry.
      4. Cut off any excess paper that is hanging over the edge. Glue can also be applied on the edges for a cleaner look.
      5. Paint some designs and add glitter if you want to make it fancy.
      6. You can cover other things like a box of matches to go with your candle as well.

      3. Newspaper Ornament

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        photo credit Sonny Abesamis

        1. Cut out even strips of news paper (any desired length) and roll them individually into tight rolls.
        2. Glue the last flap of the roll down onto the roll itself so it won’t unravel.
        3. Put hot glue on one end of the roll and glue it to the end of another roll
        4. Repeat this step until the ball is complete.
        5. Use twine or string to glue or tie a loop on top.
        6. Place your ornament on the tree!

        4. Toilet Paper Wreath

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          photo credit Lavender Girl

          1. Gather as many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels as possible.
          2. Begin to cut about 2 inch sections from the rolls.
          3. Paint the outside and inside of each section that has been cut.
          4. Once the paint is dry, pinch both ends of the rolls with your fingers so it looks like a leaf.
          5. Gather 5 roll pieces together and hot glue them in the middle, like a flower.
          6. Make as many flowers as you would like so your wreath is as large as you would like it.
          7. Create one circle of flowers and glue each of them together.
          8. Form a slightly smaller circle of flowers and glue that circle together.
          9. Glue both of the circles together.
          10. Add red beads to the center of the flowers (if desired) and glue them down.
          11. Hang and enjoy.

          5. Cork Reindeer

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            photo credit Jen Kim

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            1. Grab two wine corks and several twigs.
            2. Each reindeer will need 8 small pieces of twig. So, cut your twig into equal parts. (Save the biggest piece for the neck)
            3. Turn your cork horizontally and glue 4 twigs to the base, tilting them slightly outwards so they will stand.
            4. On the opposite side to where the legs were, glue a neck and a tail to the cork.
            5. Glue the end of the second cork to the neck and make sure the rest of the cork is facing away from the reindeer “body”.
            6. Glue two twigs on top as antlers facing outwards.
            7. Tie or glue a bell to the neck and glue a red puff for the nose (optional).

            Have fun with your crafts and remember there is no “wrong” way to do them! Other easy green Christmas crafts include cinnamon applesauce ornaments, paper bag garland, and homemade canvas art. Use anything you have lying around the house to make something special this season.

            Featured photo credit: Joe Buckingham via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on November 18, 2020

            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

            If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

            That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

            Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

            1. Believe It to See It

            Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

            2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

            While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

            3. Keep Looking for Solutions

            Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

            4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

            Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

            5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

            There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

            6. Always Ask Productive Questions

            It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

            7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

            Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

            8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

            Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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            9. Maximize Your Strengths

            Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

            10. Be in It to Win It

            Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

            11. Know That Success Attracts Success

            People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

            12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

            Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

            13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

            You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

            14. Be a One-Off Original

            Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

            15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

            Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

            16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

            Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

            17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

            Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

            18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

            We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

            19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

            Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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            20. Accept Challenge All the Time

            Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

            21. Make Your Own Luck

            In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

            22. Ignite Your Initiative

            While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

            23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

            Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

            24. Champion in Communication

            Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

            25. Plan Your Life Strategically

            Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

            26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

            To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

            27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

            While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

            28. Live by Core Values

            Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

            29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

            Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

            30. Don’t Get Carried Away

            Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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            31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

            Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

            32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

            Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

            33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

            Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

            34. Change Opens New Doors

            People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

            35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

            It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

            36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

            Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

            37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

            When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

            38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

            How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

            39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

            If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

            40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

            Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

            41. Swim Against the Tide

            Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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            42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

            More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

            43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

            Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

            44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

            While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

            45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

            Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

            46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

            Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

            47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

            While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

            48. Follow Through

            Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

            49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

            We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

            50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

            To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

            So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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