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
- Mod Podge (or equivalent liquid glue)
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Green Paint
- Red Beads
- Wine Corks
- String or Twine
- Permanent Marker
- Scissors or a Hole Punch
- Tissue Paper or Old Wrapping Paper
- Bells & Small Red Puff Balls (optional)
1. Christmas Banner
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- String up the letters and hang wherever you would like.
2. Candle Holder
- Grab a used can and remove the label. Make sure one side has not been opened and the can is clean.
- Smear Mod Podge or glue all over the can evenly.
- Carefully put tissue paper, newspaper, or wrapping paper over the entire can and set to dry.
- Cut off any excess paper that is hanging over the edge. Glue can also be applied on the edges for a cleaner look.
- Paint some designs and add glitter if you want to make it fancy.
- You can cover other things like a box of matches to go with your candle as well.
3. Newspaper Ornament
- Cut out even strips of news paper (any desired length) and roll them individually into tight rolls.
- Glue the last flap of the roll down onto the roll itself so it won’t unravel.
- Put hot glue on one end of the roll and glue it to the end of another roll
- Repeat this step until the ball is complete.
- Use twine or string to glue or tie a loop on top.
- Place your ornament on the tree!
4. Toilet Paper Wreath
- Gather as many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels as possible.
- Begin to cut about 2 inch sections from the rolls.
- Paint the outside and inside of each section that has been cut.
- Once the paint is dry, pinch both ends of the rolls with your fingers so it looks like a leaf.
- Gather 5 roll pieces together and hot glue them in the middle, like a flower.
- Make as many flowers as you would like so your wreath is as large as you would like it.
- Create one circle of flowers and glue each of them together.
- Form a slightly smaller circle of flowers and glue that circle together.
- Glue both of the circles together.
- Add red beads to the center of the flowers (if desired) and glue them down.
- Hang and enjoy.
5. Cork Reindeer
- Grab two wine corks and several twigs.
- Each reindeer will need 8 small pieces of twig. So, cut your twig into equal parts. (Save the biggest piece for the neck)
- Turn your cork horizontally and glue 4 twigs to the base, tilting them slightly outwards so they will stand.
- On the opposite side to where the legs were, glue a neck and a tail to the cork.
- 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”.
- Glue two twigs on top as antlers facing outwards.
- 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