Make Your Decorations

Unless you have a container of old store bought decorations sitting up in your attic this year consider forgoing store bought decorations and make your own. Most decorations that have been produced recently are made in China from cheap and often toxic materials that contain things like phalates that off gas and on top of it are not recyclable. Save money and the planet by getting creative.

Bring in the outdoor and decorate with nature. Pick up pine cones either from your winter nature walks or worse case scenario from your local florist. Ask you local Christmas tree yard for extra tree branches that are headed for the mulching machine (often times they will give to you for free) or make decorations out of old stuff you have lying around.

I took old moth hole ridden sweaters (some of my own and some picked up at a garage sale) and made a really cool sweater wreath using a wire hanger. I cut up little pieces, bent the wire hanger into a circle and looped the pieces onto the wire circle. I have a wreath fro years to come. I just have to make sure the moths don’t get to it now.

What kind of decorations have you made?

Published on: December 08, 2010
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Anna Getty is a mother of two, chef, environmental advocate, green living educator and the founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month. She has penned two books including I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas and Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic.

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