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NOVA Pros 11-28-2008 08:58 AM

Green Christmas
I was just wondering if anyone had any "recycling" tips for old Christmas Decorations besides throwing them out.

In years past, I took used wrapping paper and decoupaged shoe boxes to make "new" gift boxes.

Does anyone else have suggestions on what to do with old garland, icicles, lights, and such?


inspectorD 11-29-2008 06:33 AM

just one
Those are good ideas. :)
I have my kids get rid of 3 toys, for the goodwill folks every christmas.
I have even given away an obsolete tool or two which someone else could use, and I can always borrow if I needed.:D

NOVA Pros 12-01-2008 06:57 AM

Toy Clean up

That is a great idea to have the kids find 3 toys to give away.

And a great idea for us as adults to get rid of some of our "toys" as well.

I will start cleaning closets now.

Anymore? I have a bunch of lights that I no longer use (indoor and outdoor). I guess I can always try to give those away too along with the toys.


NOVA Pros 12-02-2008 09:25 AM

Green Christmas
I have also received an idea from a blogger that I can take my old tree skirts and make pillow covers out of them. That was a great idea, so I just wanted to share.


travelover 12-02-2008 01:17 PM

My wife cuts up old strings of miniature lights and uses them in her 4th grade classroom for electricity experiments. Each light also makes a great 1.5 volt battery tester.

FreeStuffRockz 12-03-2008 02:52 PM

I was looking for ideas myself just the other day you can recycle old ornaments by.

1. spray paint & glue glitter on them

2. glue or decoupage printed pic of your family onto the ornament (print them in Sephia or black & white for a cool effect) seal with clear spray from the $ store

3. Glass ornaments can be soaked in soapy water to clean then decorate how you want-even add some lace, babies breath, or even make mini snow globes inside would be very cute. They have spray glitter that would works well.

4. Use old apples to feed the birds-cover the apple with peanut butter or honey & roll in bird seed, hang from your trees with bright ribbon.

5. Christmas Card Ornaments

Using old Christmas cards. You will need at least three pictures.
Using a glass, trace a circle around the pictures you would like to include. Cut these out.
Fold each circle in half.
Glue or staple the three circles together with the pictures facing out so that it forms a triangle-like shape.
Punch a hole through one of the sides, place an ornament hook through it. Hang it from the tree.

just a few ideas :)

NOVA Pros 12-04-2008 07:05 AM

Green Christmas
Both great ideas for using old lights for electrical experiments and redecorating ornaments. I will try both of those. I work with a youth group who are always looking for art projects.

And about the tree skirt: someone informed me that old tree skirts may have asbestos in them and newer ones may have fire retardant chemicals. Either way, not a good idea to make pillow coverings out of them. And to be careful about some old ornaments, as they may have lead. Just some precautions to be aware of.

Someone else also told me that the old icicles can be used for package stuffing decoration, instead of buying the shredded pretty papers. I really liked that one. As I give a lot presents in gift bags, and am always looking for "stuffing".


FreeStuffRockz 12-04-2008 11:41 AM

I love that idea :)
Quote: old icicles can be used for package stuffing

I am so going to use that idea I love it! ;)

Here's an idea I came across few weeks back for old yard sale or even old election signs. You can decorate them by spray painting them and tying a bow on them to look like Christmas presents to put in your yard. You can even use painters tape to tape off a cross shape after the first paint color then paint again to have a paint ribbon that will last a long time. You could even paint Merry Christmas or some thing on them. I thought that was a great idea.

Also another Christmas card idea is to make small gift boxes or even Christmas crackers (tubes) out of them.

NOVA Pros 12-08-2008 09:53 AM

Green Christmas
The election sign project is terrific. That is a great way to recycle those things.

And I always wonder what to do with the Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing that idea. One year, I used them for a collage when we had a Christmas Poster to make.

Any ideas on old/used stockings?

Thanks for all these wonderful ideas. I will have so much after Christmas this year.


Kerrylib 12-08-2008 10:22 AM

Old cards can be used to make oragami gift boxes. I haven't made them in forever, but they are easy to cut out and fold. The front of the card makes the top and the back makes the bottom. The boxes end up about the size of a ring box. Of course they work great for that, but also make good ornaments to hang on the tree as well.

Here's a couple links

Origami Instructions - Origami Box Instructions

The instructions show just folding. The way I've done it also includes cutting out a couple small sections.

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