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Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

A Simple Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

recycled Christmas crafts
recycled Christmas crafts

Looking to make a recycled Christmas craft for a great homemade present idea? Read on!

I am always so busy at Christmas time. Between the rush to finish up projects at work, so that they’re not hanging over my head on my return to work in the New Year. And all the things that come along with having kids – ALL the parties, and events. And all the stressful Christmas preparation. In short, Christmas is a whirlwind.

I may have been really busy lately, but I did manage to fit in the one whole minute it takes to make this DIY snowglobe. It’s made from recycled materials, and makes for a fantastic recycled Christmas crafts ideas. Let me show you how to make it.

Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

As well as coming together really quickly, the good thing is all the items you need are things you probably have lying around the house.

You will need

  • A clean and dry jar and lid
  • Some salt. I used a mix of sea salt and table salt.  Sugar would also do the trick.
  • Some blue-tac
  • A Christmas decoration. I used an old tree decoration and I recycled a tree from a previous year’s Christmas cake. Hoarding for the crafting win!
recycled christmas craft

Method

To make your recycled Christmas craft, take your empty jar, and affix your decorations to the bottom of the jar using the blue-tac.

Next, add a few spoonfuls of your salt (or sugar).

Pop the lid on.

And there you have it: a DIY snowglobe that’s perfect for a last-minute (quite literally!) gift or decoration.  I plan on making a few more before Christmas to arrange in clusters on my mantlepiece, to create a snowy Christmas wonderland!

Show me your photos on Twitter or Facebook if you make your own!  And do share with readers any recycled Christmas crafts ideas you have or have made in the comments below – we’d love to see! And do also check out my zero-waste Christmas decorations to craft for more recycled Christmas inspiration.

ps: do check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas trees if you have decorating on your mind!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Eco-Friendly Ethical Gifts for Babies, Kids & Teens

eco-friendly gift ideas for kids babies and teens

eco-friendly gift ideas for kids babies and teens

Can you believe that it’s Christmas in just over two weeks?  Where has the time gone?  I’ve managed to put together the last in my installment of eco-friendly or ethical gift ideas just in time!  This time it’s for the younger people in your life – from babies and toddlers, through to kids, and right through to teens.  For babies, toddlers and kids I’ve deliberately picked unisex toys as I’m personally not a fan of gender-specific toys.  I’ve also kept my picks to no more than £35, and as always EF denotes eco-friendly and FT denotes fair-trade.

Babies And Toddlers

eco friendly ethical gift ideas for babies and toddlers

1.  Octopus Rattle (£4.25) (FT) no longer available but this is similar – fun for small hands

2.  Play Camera (£15) (EF, FT) – perfect for stimulating the imagination

3.  Wooden Shape Sorter Bus (£18.98) (EF, FT) – a fun, brightly coloured bus

4.  Felt Slippers (£24.95) (FT) – the cutest slippers ever (also available in different animal designs AND adult sizes!)

5.  Toy Drum (£17.99) (EF, FT) – a great gift for other people’s kids!

6.  Bunny Ears Egg Cup (£18) (EF, FT) – an heirloom piece.

 

Kids

eco friendly ethical gifts for kids

1.  Wooden Toy Spaghetti Set (£11.88) (EF, FT) – for budding chefs!

2.  Wooden Till (£20.99) (EF, FT)- I can remember playing “shops” for hours on end – great for numeracy skills too.

3.  Wooden Railway Set (£25.99) (EF, FT)- I’m hard pressed to think of any little kids not obsessed with trains!

4.  Wooden Build-A-Robot Toy (£19.99) (EF, FT)- my daughter calls them “bobots”.  This looks like a lot of fun for little ones!

5.  Toy Fire Engine (£35) (EF, FT) – from Traidcraft – sturdy and sure to withstand anything a kid could throw at it!

6.  Toy Banjo (£22.98) (EF, FT) – long lasting, durable and fun!

 

Teens

eco-friendly ethical gifts for teens

1.  Woodbuds headphones (£25) (EF) – these headphones, made by Yorkshire based Woodbuds, are made from FSC certified sustainable plantation hardwood, and bio-plastic cabling; 100% of their packaging is made from recyclable material; and a tree is planted for every 100 products they sell.

2.  Makeup Bag (£18) (FT) – I don’t know a teenage girl out there that wouldn’t love this!

3.  Plectrum Maker (£22) (EF) – make guitar plectrums out of old plastic

4.  Fair Share Music Voucher (from £5) – Fair Share music works like iTunes, where you pay to download tracks and albums by bands.  But unlike iTunes, Fair Share Music donates half of the profit from each download to a charity of your choice, including Friends of the Earth, Oxfam, the WWF, Amnesty International, the Teenage Cancer Trust and more.

5.  Cardboard Pinhole Camera Kit (£35) (EF, FT) –  Got a budding David Bailey on your hands?  They’ll love a cardboard pinhole camera kit, that’s designed and manufactured in the UK  from recyclable and sustainable products where possible.  Even the spare spool that comes with the camera has been reclaimed from darkrooms around London!

6.  Annie Greenabelle Voucher (from £1) (FT) – an ethical fashion online shop that’ young and fresh, and doesn’t charge sky-high prices.

7.  Woollen Hat (£17) (FT) – handmade in the UK.