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3 Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorations You Can Make At Home

Decorating for the holidays is a large part of tradition in many homes across the world. There are so many ways to use ingredients and materials you most likely already have at home to decorate in eco-friendly ways that don't involve impulse buying at Target (which I am guilty of doing sometimes)!

Everyone needs a craft day for mental health, especially during Covid (I genuinely believe that crafting is a HUGE stress reliever and coping skill). I encourage you and your family to try one of these decorations for your home, or look online for more decoration ideas!

These decorations even make great gifts this holiday season, read our "15 Sustainable Gift Ideas For 2020" article here for even more great ideas.

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

These ornaments are so simple to make AND are fully compostable once you are finished with them for the season. It makes a great craft afternoon, and you probably already have all of the necessary ingredients!

What you will need:

3/4 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of flour

A little less than 1 cup of water

Twine, yarn, or string

Non-toxic or food safe paint for decorating, or try out some of these natural paint ideas:

*The base for colors is 1/2 teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch*

Green: Add 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder

Yellow: Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Red: Add 1/2 teaspoon of beet root powder or crushed dark red berries

Brown: Add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk your flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add in a little less than 1 cup of water and knead until a dough forms.

Step 2:

Flour your countertop or cutting board, as well as your rolling pin. Roll out your dough to your desired thickness (I rolled mine to be about 1 inch thick).

Step 3:

Now the fun part begins! Cut out your desired shapes using a cookie cutter or a knife if you are really talented. Make sure to poke a small hole at the top of your ornament that goes all the way through; this will be for the string to go through.

Step 4:

Transfer your ornament creations over to a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (until hard). Once they are done, let them cool for at least another 10-15 minutes. Now it is time to decorate your ornaments using non-toxic paint or homemade colors. The last step is to run the string through them and find somewhere to hang them up

Hang these cute decorations up on your tree, wall, or anywhere else to spread some festive cheer!

Here is my first attempt and I am so proud! I will be making an ornament for each member of my family this year :)

DIY Dried Fruit Decor

I personally love this decoration idea because it is so fast, easy, and it looks cute year-round! Adding spices to this decoration doubles it up as a festive air freshener as well.

What you will need:

Various fruits like oranges, apples, and pears (you can choose to do just one fruit if you want!)

Twine, yarn, or string

Optional: spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and bay leaves

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the fruit into 1 inch round slices and lay out on a tea towel to slightly dry out. Sprinkle spices on top of the slices, I prefer cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little star anise for a super warming scent.

Step 2:

Transfer fruit slices over to a baking sheet. Pierce holes in one side of the fruit so that you can string the twine through. Dry in oven for 4-6 hours, keeping an eye on them to ensure they do not burn.

Step 3:

Let cool down and then add to a line of twine! Alternate fruit types in patterns, or add in buttons and fun ornaments.

DIY Wall Holiday Tree

I have unfortunately been locked inside quarantining and non-stop napping for the past two weeks due to sickness, so I will not be making this for another week. Enjoy this beautiful example from Mary Labrador of a beautiful decoration from natural materials you can find outside!

What you will need:

Twigs, branches, sticks (depending on how big you want to make this)

Optional: Pinecones, acorns, pine branches, lights for decoration

*Hang the decorations you make above for cute ornaments, or hang ones that you already have!*

Step 1:

Find your materials outside in your backyard, or at a park near you! the width does not matter, as long as you have a variety of sizes to make a *rough* triangle.

Step 2:

Take your twine, yarn, or string and tie the branches together to form a triangle. The photo from Mary is a really good example of how to tie the tree together, tying the strings at the ends. Leave a longer piece of twine at the top of the triangle tree base and wrap it in a loop so that it can be hung on the wall.

Step 3:

Decorate! I will be hanging my salt dough ornaments from the branches, as well as some apple strings I will be making. I love the idea of attaching pine cones as well!

Hopefully one of these ideas inspired you to incorporate some forms of eco-friendly decorations in your home this holiday season! As always, we appreciate you cutting the crap!

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