This Christmas, go for a natural, zero-waste theme with your decorations and tablecloths, rather than buying them new.
From scraps of fabric to using things found in your kitchen, these bright, beautiful – and most importantly – eco-friendly Christmas decorations will make anyone smile.
Take a look and be inspired by these Christmas craft ideas.
Festive Dry Citrus Garland
We love that this super simple DIY decoration makes your home smell just like Christmas with a touch of Scandi style added.
Most of what you need can be found in your kitchen, making it an effortless decoration too.
Hang these wreaths on your tree or around your house – the choice is yours!
Learn how to make it here.
Popcorn tree swing
This popcorn wreath looks really nice and is so easy to make. We recommend saving a bowl of popcorn to munch on while you make these eco Christmas decorations.
Make this DIY decoration festive by adding cranberries for a pop of color. Dried cranberries will make it last a little longer.
Use this wreath instead of tinsel around your house or on your tree.
Check out the full guide here.
Make your own printed wrapping paper
Reduce the large amount of Christmas wrapping paper waste, and make your own this year.
You can save newspaper throughout December and use it to artistically wrap your gifts with twine and sprigs of holly.
Or buy some recycled wrapping paper and stamp them with fun designs using potato stamps and vegetable ink.
Your loved ones are sure to love the unique and personal touch to your gift wrapping this year. And it’s sustainable!
Here’s how to do it.
Fabric Wrap your gifts
Reduce the large amount of wrapping paper waste and learn the Japanese art of furoshiki. This tradition involves wrapping your gifts in fabric rather than disposable paper.
Choose your favorite sustainable fabric – FabRap does some really nice ones.
Or go even more zero-waste and reuse scraps of material you have at home. You just need to make sure your fabric is in the shape of a square for it to work.
The best part is that your loved ones can reuse the fabric themselves, making it a wrapping technique that keeps on giving!
Learn how to wrap your gifts with fabric here.
Natural place settings
If these decorations and wrapping weren’t enough to impress, here’s how you can really up the game with a zero-waste, festive venue environment.
These homemade Christmas decorations give your table a natural flourish. Make each place setting unique with seasonal lined items. We love holly and rosemary.
You can add dried berries for color or prepare your guests for Christmas dinner with divine smelling cinnamon sticks, dried sliced oranges and sage leaves.
Follow these steps to make these natural place settings.
Origami stars are a fun and creative way to decorate your home.
You can hang these DIY paper Christmas decorations on your tree, tape them to the windows, make them into wreaths, or add them to your place settings.
You can make these beautiful stars from recycled paper that you have lying around the house, whether it is old newspaper, sheet music or battered books.
Each one is also completely unique!
Read the full description of how to make it here.
Yep, we can’t get enough of stars this year. These plastic-free, zero-waste Christmas decorations are made from twigs, twine and just a little creativity – that’s it!
These stars are very easy to make and look so beautiful on the Christmas tree or as part of your eco-friendly Christmas table decorations.
You can even pop them on the fireplace if you have one.
We recommend pre-dyeing your rope with natural dyes to give it enough time to dry.
Full details can be found here.
Newspaper Christmas cards
Do you have some odds and ends after your origami stars? Some colorful string left over from your sprig of stars? Keep it for easy DIY Christmas cards!
They are so simple to make, but are sure to stand out with their fun, rustic look. You can make them for your friends and family or stick up your creations at home – why not.
Play around with Christmassy shapes and see what you come up with!
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas cards here.
DIY Christmas wreath
Instead of getting a store bought Christmas wreath, why not make your own?
We have five creative ways for you to make your own Christmas wreath at home.
They’re easy, they’re eco and they’re a great excuse for a day of nice, cozy Christmas crafting.
The icing on top of this Christmas cake is that these ethical Christmas decorations will either last for years or break down in the compost.
Here are five Christmas wreath ideas you can try.
DIY Christmas tree
Now you’ve sorted out your Christmas wreaths, cards, wrapping paper and decorations, why not take it a step further and make your own Christmas tree?
It’s a unique way to revamp old items around the house and your tree will definitely stand out. It will also be a zero-waste Christmas tree!
There is no wrong or right way to make a DIY Christmas tree. You can keep it simple by making a pile of books in a tree shape. Or you can tie sticks together with the smallest size at the top going down to larger sizes further down.
Decorate your creation with festive wreaths and decorations – perhaps some of the tree decorations mentioned above.
Here are some more sustainable Christmas tree tips.