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On my quest for the ultimate Recycled Christmas I found a simple recipe for these little buggers. Cute, easy to craft and plastic free!

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You will need:

  • Cardboard boxes (depending on the size of your trees, thinner card for smaller trees)
  • Scissors/scalpel
  • Pencil
  • Paint/pretty paper
  • Colored craft string

How to:

  • First draw out your Christmas tree shape, you will need two identical trees. I used my first tree as a template.
  • Next cut out the trees.

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  • To decorate; I found some pretty papers at the art shop, cut them to size and glued on with homemade glue. For the others I used red acrylic paint which I found in my housmates art box! I also used gold spray paint to get a splashed paint effect. For this I held down lightly on the nozzle so that the paint drips out rather than spraying.
  • Now cut one of the trees, from the bottom edge, along its center line, to the middle of the tree. Cut the other tree from the top down to the same center point

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  • On the tree with the cut bottom, pierce a hole through the top and thread through your string. This step is optional, you could just stand the trees up.

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Note; because I am going for a recycled Christmas I used old boxes from the shop. You could skip the whole papering section and just buy green cardboard. But that would be cheating!!




Christmas decorations can be costly and often lacking in personality and pizazz. How about making this year a recycled Christmas? Create some dangling festive orbs that reflect your inner eco warrior! Personalise your decor and dazzle folks with your crafty skills. Your tree will be the jazziest in town AND you’ll be saving the environment too!


You will need:

  • Plastic milk bottle lids (preferably green)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Stencil
  • Craft string (red)
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors

How to:

  • Clean and dry your lids. Stinky milk is hardly the festive aroma we’re looking for.
  • Lay down a sheet of newspaper. You don’t want to end up with paint all over the joint!
  • Open the windows to avoid fumigating yourself.
  • Place your stencil in the center of the lid, press it down firmly for a crisp line.

  • Carefully spray an even layer of paint and leave to dry. I bought a few stencils so was able to get a little production line going. If you are a crafting pro you could make your own and get crazy with the designs. I am somewhat lazy and happened to find these tiny snowflakes which did the job perfectly.

  • They should be touch dry in about 10 minutes (check on the back of the can for drying times) if it looks blotchy give it another layer. Once this side is dry turn it over and spray the back.
  • This next step Is VERY effective although I don’t recommend it! I heated up the end of a screw driver on the cooker top and then pushed it through the side of the lid to make a hole. It worked well but half way through I noticed the smell and realised I was probably inhaling poisonous plastic fumes! You could use a hole punch, or a knife or even maybe a corkscrew.

  • When the lid is dry carefully peel off the stencil. Once I had stenciled all my lids I left them to dry completely over night.

For the hanger;

  •  Cut off a length of craft string, about 3 inches long. I chose red because combined with gold and green they are the ULTIMATE Christmas combo.

  • Poke the string through in a loop and tie the end inside the lid into a knot. Trim off the ends.

VOILA! There you have it, a use for bottle tops. Unrecyclable, single use nasties transformed into BEAUTIFUL Christmas decorations. Who’d have thought it?!

Have you ever tried to live your life without plastic? Me neither, but I’m about to have a good crack! Inspired by American writer and activist Beth Terry I am taking the issue of problematic throwaway plastics into my own hands, beginning with ME!

The challenge reads like this: I will not purchase any new plastics for a month.  This means single use throw-away plastics including shopping bags, food wrappers, coffee cup lids, straws, water bottles, etc.

Our lives are so entangled in the stuff that the prospect of a plastic-free lifestyle seems daunting. Just looking around my own home and counting up the products packaged in it is a real shocker!

Before this year I will admit that I had never thought about where my rubbish was going after the rubbish men took it away. I recycled religiously and anything extra just got whisked away and ‘disappeared’, out of sight, out of mind. Having been awakened to the fact that this plastic isn’t going anywhere (for the next 500 years anyway) I have started to look at the way I live my life in a whole new light, hence this project.

Knowing that every piece of plastic rubbish that I have ever thrown away is still lurking around somewhere means that I now have to take personal responsibility for the waste I create. This means changing habits and finding alternatives, of which there are plenty.

Throughout the month I will retain any plastic that I use. This includes anything which I have purchased myself and any plastic I have been involved in the use of. For example, if my husband comes home with a tub of ice cream and I just cant control myself, I will assume responsibility for the plastic tub.

I’m not going to beat myself up over it, as its inevitable that I will encounter some setbacks. This project is not about feeling guilty and frustrated. Rather it is about finding solutions and having fun trying to beat this plastic addiction.

For more info on my project, including an art and design comp checkout: