Crazy Christmas Recycling

This month we’re combining our December eco tips with a My Alter Eco as we were so impressed with these crazy creations. Hopefully some of them may inspire you to be creative with your Christmas waste this year. We’ve chosen our top 7 unusual recycled Christmas ideas for you to enjoy.

New Life For Old Christmas Tree Lights

Once you’ve packed away your Christmas tree lights for the  year do consider stretching their lifespan a little further by making this clever creation. This fantastic CD lamp can be used to light your room for the rest of the year once the Christmas season is over.

2. Re-use Toilet Rolls

Toilet rolls have a whole host of uses once they’ve outlasted their original one. They can be used for the bodies of Christmas crackers and if you are feeling really clever how about theis fab wall decorations. Simply spray silver or gold for added effect.  Instructions for this project here

3. The Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree

For those of you who follow our My Alter-Eco stories you’ll remember that we featured the plastic bottle Christmas tree back in 2008. Here’s a step by step guide to make a Christmas tree from plastic bottles.

4. Upcycle Foil Food Packaging

We’re loving this upcycled Christmas bow. Made from old food packaging the silver paper can be used for a whole range of ideas from wrapping gifts to creating Christmas decorations including simple paper chains. Check out the Zakka Life blog here to make your own.

5, Splendid Spiders

Another great example of recycled Christmas lights are these fabulous spiders. The bulbs don’t have to work either so this is an excellent way to reuse broken sets of lights. For more genius ideas on recycling Christmas lights visit Greenopolis

6, Christmas Catalogue Wreath

For those clever crafters out there check out these instructions on how to make a recycled Christmas wreath from old magazines and catalogues.

7.  One For Our Little Cecily

Last but not least this one is for our little Cecily as it’s her first Christmas (aaaah).  Thanks again to  the fabulous Zakka Life blog for this project.  Great for a baby’s 1st Christmas decoration this little snow baby girl is easy peasy to make.  All you need is some left over wool and some scrap fabrics.

Related Links

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