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4 Eco-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas

The holiday season means a lot of decorating inside and outside the home. When all the festivities are done, however, most of the trimmings go straight to the dustbin, using up space in a landfill. Here are some options for an eco-friendly Christmas celebration:

Care for and store your decorations properly so you can enjoy them for years, instead of having to buy and dispose of a new set of baubles each season

Care for and store your decorations properly so you can enjoy them for years, instead of having to buy and dispose of a new set of baubles each season

Reuse your decorations

Many people buy new sets of Christmas ornaments every season, just because last year’s theme is no longer in fashion. If there’s anything right about Christmas, it’s that it never gets old—no one will judge you for reusing baubles for the holidays.

After purchasing new decorations, keep them in a safe place and dust them off for use next year. Damaged ornaments can be repainted or customize them. Artificial Christmas trees don’t wilt or dry out and look the same, so consider whether you really need to purchase a new one every holiday. Nature and your wallet will thank you for this.

Make DIY ornaments

Reuse old items to create new decorations. For example, you can make a tree topper by bending old wire hangers into a five pointed star frame and covering it with glossy gold wrapping. Grandma’s old cotton spools can be wrapped in foil to adorn the tree, or old clothes and socks can be sewn into a multi-colored tree skirt or quilt. Old mason jars in your cupboard can be decorated in many ways. Place miniature figures and fine white sand inside them to create tiny snow dioramas.  You can also fill it with old string lights and transform them into luminous displays like the image below.

Fill old jars like this glass cloche with fairy string lights for an enchanting display (Photo courtesy of Lehman Lane)

Fill old jars like this glass cloche with Fairy String Lights for an enchanting display (Photo courtesy of Lehman Lane)

Go natural

Many things found in nature can be used as Christmas decorations. Pine cones, for one, can be turned into Christmas tree ornaments. You can string them up the way you found them, dip them in melted candle wax, or spray-paint them in different colors like gold and silver. Pine cones can also be made into festive wreaths to hang at your door. Tree branches and needles add a rustic touch to any home. Always remember to get plant parts that you find on the ground; it’s no longer environment friendly if you have to hack them off the tree.

Save on energy costs

Christmas is a season of brightness, and homes are all dressed up with string lights and candles. While regular fairy lights consume little energy compared to other appliances, LED lighting is affordable, safer, and uses less electricity than regular bulbs. How about a traditional Christmas Eve dinner by candle light? Use candles made of beeswax or vegetable-based wax, and place them in old jam jars that you’ve cleaned and decorated.

Christmas doesn’t need to be wasteful; in fact, using eco-friendly options might be the best gift you can give to Mother Nature. Try these tips and enjoy a merry eco-Christmas!

About the Author

Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career

Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.