Tis’ the season of giving, and there’s no better present than a hand made one.
Turn your trash into treasures and gift these treasures to your loved ones!
From the present to the wrapping, here’s a guide on how to give your loved ones some trash this holiday.
The Trashy Gifts
Cinnamon Stick Candle Holders
Use leftover cooking cinnamon sticks to create candle holders for that romantic person in your life.
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Rubber Bands
- Ribbon or Twine
- Use any unused candles you have lying around at home.
- Secure the cinnamon sticks around the candles with a rubber band.
- Tie a ribbon or twine over the rubber band.
Upcycled Old Trays
Upcycle old trays you might have lying around to create the perfect gift for your loved one who loves to entertain.
- Old Trays
- Painter’s Tape
- Spray Paint
- Clear Acrylic Coating
- Thoroughly clean the trays.
- Tape any part of the trays that you wish to protect from paint.
- These can be any trimmings or details you like.
- Spray paint the tray and let dry over night.
- Use any stencils, tapes or paper cut into different shapes to create designs and patterns.
- Add another coat of spray paint over the stencil, tape or shaped pattern.
- Let dry and spray over with the clear acrylic coating.
Christmas Cookies in a DIY Can
Reuse Pringles or Oats cans to create beautiful Christmas cans filled with homemade cookies to give to your sweet-toothed loved one.
- Pringles or Oats Cans
- Scrapbook Paper
- Glue or Double Sided Tape
- Hot glue ideal.
- Ribbons and Embellishments
- Homemade Cookies
- Empty and clean your cans.
- Cut your papers to fit how you want to.
- Wrap the papers around the cans and tape or glue them in place.
- Add embellishments and ribbons.
- Stuff with homemade cookies.
Wrapping Them Up
To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper is thrown away every year in the U.S.
The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
Reuse the following materials to complete your trash to treasure Christmas presents.
Just decorate these with leftover ribbons, embellishments or seasonal foliage!
- Brown Paper Grocery Bags
- Old Music Sheets
- Knitwear and Fabrics
Making it Personal
A Christmas present will never be complete without a proper greeting card.
The amount of cards sold in the US during the holiday season would fill a football field 10 stories high and requires the harvesting of nearly 300,000 trees.
Use the following ideas for your own homemade green Christmas cards.
- Use last year’s calendar.
- Calendars have large, colorful images and are printed on heavy paper.
- Cut out sections of the pictures and glue them to a folded-over piece of paper.
- Use children’s artwork.
- The family will appreciate more the child’s artwork than a store bought card.
- Cut out sections of the artwork and glue on a card of the desired size.
- You can even have your children paint over a heavy paper to skip the gluing over another set of paper.
- Use a photograph.
- If a picture is worth 10,000 words, a photograph is more than enough for a greeting card.
- Write down the merry message on the backside of the photograph.
- Adorn and embellish the photograph with leftover materials and seasonal foliage.
- Use magazines or newspapers.
- Use the letters of magazines and newspapers to write down your message.
- Cut out letters from magazines and newspapers and paste them on a reused piece of paper.
- Adorn and embellish the card with leftover materials and seasonal foliage.