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zero-waste ideas to fill your home with festive cheer

Week 2 - Decorations, crackers & gift wrapping

Wrapping Paper :it's paper it can be recycled right?

Unfortunately not.

Most gift wrap is laminated to give it shine and often with glitter and metallic finishes..

These materials cannot be processed as recycling.

The same goes for Christmas cards.

Search for #Furoshiki on Instagram and discover the beauty of the ancient Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in fabric - anything from scarves to pillowcases.

"The ‘scrunch test’ determines whether paper can be recycled; if it holds its shape when scrunched then it is recyclable. If it springs back, it is not

Wrapping paper made of one hundred per cent recycled, unbleached paper with vegetable inks starts from £1.75 per sheet on re-wrapped.co.uk and handmade paper with strong eco credentials starts from around £3 a sheet on happywrap.co.uk, which also sells re-useable fabric bags.

DIY ideas HERE

Get Creative

Christmas wreaths are making a huge comeback and there are lots of workshops locally where you can make your own, one of a kind from greenery or recycled material.

Find one here

Pinterest also has some really sylish ideas too.

If you're not confident, twigs , holly and foilage from the garden look great displayed in large glass vases grouped together for a dramatic display , & potted plants, candles and bud vases of flowers make great table settings too.

Make salt-dough decorations and popcorn garlands. 

Makes 1 ball

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 3 hours

1 cupful of plain flour (about 250ml)

half a cupful of table salt (about 125ml)half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a clean ball.

3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. You can roll it out and cut out shapes, numbers or letters using biscuit cutters, or make any kind of 3D model you can think of. We made some fruit and veg shapes plus cupcakes for a teddy bear’s picnic.

4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and pop in the oven for 3 hours or until solid.

5. Leave to cool and then paint.

hang dried orange slices (put slices of orange on a cooling rack in the oven on about 120C for a few hours) and cinnamon with twine.


Get more bang for your buck ..

If you feel like no Christmas table is complete without a cracker and bang then there are alternatives to the supermarket classic that come with a throwaway plastic toy.

House of crackers' recyclable Christmas crackers come with a snap, hat and a joke - but no gift, for £1.20 each.

Keep This Cracker  delivered flat-packed. can be constructed and filled with a gift of choice. refillable ’snaps’ mean they can be used again and again. 

The DIY Christmas Cracker

involves saving cardboard toilet roll inserts and rolling them in a fabric of your choice.

Fill with a handwritten joke and gift and tie with string at each end.

These look festive, but are untied – rather than pulled apart –by each guest

Instructions here

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