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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorations

It’s fashionable to be ‘green’. Even when decorating for Christmas being eco-friendly matters. This has resulted in more and more companies offering LED lighting and other ‘green’ holiday decoration options. There are also lots of do it yourself holiday decorations, which are perfect for people that enjoy craft projects.
DIY holiday projects can be a great way to get the entire family inspired and motivated about Christmas. Making holiday decorations together can be a wonderful time for family bonding. The time itself is considered by many as a holiday festivity. Including Christmas music and some holiday treats will make the time even more special.
Pine Cones and Pipe Cleaners
Every crafter knows that pine cones can be used in countless holiday projects. For example, a pine cone tree can be made using nothing more than pine cones, a large Styrofoam cone form, and floral pins. Pine cone decorations add a natural touch that provides a sense of warmth and elegance. Whether you attach them to a beautiful holiday ribbon to create a garland or you add embellishments to make pine cone elves, the decorations will be awesome.
Pipe cleaners can also be used to create lots of adorable Christmas decorations. Making pipe cleaner candy cane ornaments is a holiday favorite. The project is quick and easy enough for all ages.
Plants and Flowers
Plants and flowers are as eco-friendly as you can get. With that in mind many people choose to give a plants as a gift or to use them as part of their holiday décor. Poinsettias and Christmas cactus are traditional holiday plants. The plants can be clustered together to create a greater impact.
But you don’t have to stick with traditional to end up with a beautiful holiday decoration. You can use plants and flowers of all types. A great example of how to do this is to purchase a bunch of red roses. Add a wet floral sponge to the bottom of a ceramic or metal ‘basket’ or tub-like container. Position the roses in the sponge and then fill in bare spots with pine cones, evergreen twigs and Christmas ornaments.
This can be a wonderful centerpiece or an ideal decoration to place next to a fireplace. The idea is, keeping things natural will always result in a beautiful accent. The contrast of red against the dark pine cones is stunning. For a different look you can choose to add glitter or paint to the pine cones. Adding a gorgeous holiday bow will be a fantastic finishing touch.
DIY projects help save you money and they are kind to the environment. It’s no wonder making your own holiday decorations is becoming increasingly fashionable.


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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