I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas....
If you keep up with my blog, you know that I often post about Going Green and saving Green at the same time. I believe that just about everything in my home can be reused or recycled in some way, and as I come up with ideas on how to do that...I share them.
Christmas is a great time in my house! We count the days until Thanksgiving, knowing that on Black Friday, while many folks are fighting the shopping scene, we will be decorating our tree (yes, I have a fake tree...Five cats). We also hang our stockings, and other miscellaneous decorations go up during the following week. I posted a while back about reusing your food boxes (cereal boxes are awesome gift boxes) and wrapping with grocery bags, newspaper (if you actually still subscribe) and old fabric. That is just one of the many ways I go green at Christmas time. I crochet, so I always have a huge supply of yarn scraps. Yarn made from 100% cotton makes the most awesome dish clothes! Pair them up with a new collander, mixing bowl, some pasta or whatever and you have a great gift basket for someone. All that scrap yarn makes great scarves & hats too.
This year, I have a new "Green" decorating idea to share with you. I can't remember where I saw this...Probably at my "Martha Stewart" type Sister's house!
I do not subscribe to magazines...but I get several in the mail (gifts from people, I wish I had time to sit down and actually read them). I also get catalogs from LL Bean & Lands End (those I actually do flip through). So, If you have old magazines laying around taking up space (the Homes Magazines work great), you can either toss them into the recycling bin...Which is wonderful, or you can transform them into a Tree! My five year old loves to sit around folding the pages to create something "New". The finished project is pretty cool just the way it is, but you can spray paint them, add snow, stars, etc. if you are feeling really creative. Mine just sit around natural until the holidays are over, then they go in the recycling bin. Next year, I will just make new ones.
Fold each page according to the steps above and Viola...You've got a tree!