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10 Easy Plastic-Free & Zero Waste Christmas Decorations to DIY

Today I’m sharing with you ten easy yet effective plastic-free and zero waste Christmas decorations for you to make this festive season, to enjoy year after year.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, and still impacting our lives, many of us are compensating by decking the halls like never before this Christmas to bring a little extra sparkle to our lives.

If you’re also looking to decorate your home a little more, then perhaps some of these plastic-free and zero waste Christmas decorations, made from natural and compostable materials, will be up your street. Retailers may have finally started to realise we want a less plastic Christmas, but the good news is you don’t have to buy anything new as with a lot of these crafts it’s a case of using what you already have to hand.

Before I begin, please, don’t bin your existing decorations just because they’re made of plastic. Remember, as with most items, the most eco-friendly Christmas decorations are the ones you already own. Re-using what we already have is the absolute pinnacle of zero waste. So, if you’ve got reams of tinsel and plastic baubles galore from Christmases gone by, then decorate using them with abandon! I’ve got plastic baubles on my Christmas tree from when I was a kid, and they bring me SO much joy. I’m hoping that one day they might bring my kids joy too.

The Zero Waste Christmas Decorations to DIY

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Disclaimer over, let’s move on to the decorations! Here are 10 of my favourite eco-friendly and plastic-free Christmas decorations to make:

Dried Orange Garland

10 zero-waste Christmas decorations made using natural and compostable materials.

Dried orange slices are pure Instagram catnip, and for good reason – they are stunningly effective. The good news is that if you want your house to look and smell amazing for Christmas, then these garlands are so easy to make. Follow House of Jade Interiors for the full tutorial.

A word of advice. Reserve the dried oranges for indoor decorations only. What I’ve found is that if you use them on outdoor decorations the oranges rehydrate and start to rot. However, if you keep them indoors, and then after Christmas store them in an airtight container, such as a jar or old Tupperware box, then you can use your dried oranges year after year.

Zero Waste Salt Dough Stars Christmas Decorations

Homemade Salt dough decorations

Salt dough ornaments aren’t just for kids, although you can certainly get your kids involved in making them.

This simple yet stylish Christmas scented salt dough garland can be made by following Rocky Hedge Farm’s easy tutorial. If you have any stars leftover, individual stars would also look amazing hanging on your tree or used in your gift wrapping.

As before, it’s best to use salt dough decorations for indoor decor only. And when you take your decorations down it’s best to store salt dough ornaments in an airtight container. Again, if exposed to moisture they can go damp and rot in storage.

Crochet Stars

Crochet stars pattern for a zero-waste Christmas

If you are a keen crocheter, then this one’s for you. If you have any odds and ends of wool leftover from other projects, then try making these beautiful crochet stars. Hang them on your Christmas tree as baubles, string them up in a garland, use them instead of bows on Christmas gifts… The possibilities are endless! The free pattern is available from Persia Lou.

Origami Star Garland

Fun eco-friendly Christmas crafts to try

If you have a collection of paper – perhaps saved from deliveries and old wrapping paper – then this plastic-free origami stars tutorial from Girl About Townhouse is an easy one to follow. All you need is paper, string, and a craft knife. You’ll be seeing stars in no time! Alternatively, this tutorial would be a great one for slightly older kids to follow. Pop a Christmas movie on and they’ll be busy for hours!

Zero Waste Foliage Candle Holders Christmas Table Decorations

10 Christmas decorations made using natural and compostable materials.

I love the complete and utter simplicity of these festive candle holders from Traumzuhause. Note the post is written in German, so use an online translation service if your German isn’t up to scratch or non-existent! However, the good thing is this craft is incredibly simple to put together. If you’ve got some empty wine bottles and some greenery then voila, an instant plastic-free and zero waste Christmas decoration for your dining table. Snippings from your Christmas tree would work, as would some ivy, rosemary, or eucalyptus. Skill level zero. My kind of Christmas craft!

Paper Bag Stars

10 Christmas decorations made using natural and compostable materials.

Got a bunch of paper bags that you are never going to use? Make these beautiful zero waste paper bag stars with this tutorial from The Merry Thought. I would add that if you secure the final bag with a paperclip or two, instead of gluing it, then you will be able to fold your star flat and reuse your stars year after year after year.

Orange Peel Garland

Zero-waste Christmas craft ideas
Image by Laura Pashby

This sweet and simple orange peel garland is a great plastic-free craft idea. The original post that I linked to no longer exists, but try this very similar tutorial from Lovilee instead. Save up your orange peels, and then drape your garlands on your Christmas tree, on your mantlepiece, or dangle them from your window for a lovely scented zero waste decoration. Just remember the rules for dried fruit so that you can re-use these pretty decorations year after year.

Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

Eco-friendly Christmas crafts

If you want an easy zero waste Christmas decoration, then try this Cranberry and popcorn garland from Mountain Cravings. That is if you don’t eat all the popcorn first! Again, this could be a great one for slightly older kids to get involved in.

I’ve also had a go at making a popcorn garland and have picked up some useful tips on making it both plastic-free, and easier to make, so do take a read at that too.

An important note. Although this garland is pictured outdoors, I personally wouldn’t use this garland outdoors, as you’ll attract a host of wildlife. This is no bad thing in itself, but it’s important to bear in mind that popcorn fills birds up with little nutritional benefit, at a time of year when they should be eating fat and protein-rich foods to be able to survive the winter. Save it for decorating your Christmas tree in a low waste way, or for stringing up on your stairs or walls.

Pinecone Garland

Sustainable Christmas decorations to make, using natural and compostable materials

This pine cone garland from Decor Adventures is another great decoration that can be used year after year. I personally would omit the glitter, as regular glitter is a microplastic. What’s more, it turns out even the stuff labelled as eco-friendly glitter is not great for the environment. However, even without the sparkles, this plastic-free garland will still look great on your mantlepiece this festive season. You’ll also have great fun foraging for pinecones on a bracing winter’s walk.

Zero Waste Rosemary Wreath Christmas Decoration

Eco-friendly Christmas decorations to DIY

Finally, this mini wreath garland from The Merry Thought is another easy zero waste make for the festive season that is eye-catching and incredibly effective. Make it using rosemary, and it will fill your home with a lovely scent.

Now, if you’ll please excuse me, I’m off to get busy with some plastic-free crafting!

If you have any other zero waste Christmas decorations ideas, then please do share with the Moral Fibres community in the comments below. I’d love to hear!

And if you aren’t a crafty person, then do check out my guide to eco-friendly and ethical Christmas decorations for heaps of planet and people-friendly decorations. And here’s my guide to the most sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas trees.

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10 Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Shops on Etsy UK

the zero waste maker zero waste plastic free shops uk

Looking for zero-waste and plastic-free shops? Here are some of my favourite Etsy stores for eco-friendly and low or no waste products.

I might have mentioned before on here that Etsy is one of my favourite places to shop for, well, pretty much anything.  It’s always been my go-to place for anything decorative homewares-related or for vintage goods. However, recently Etsy has really upped its game. It now has a whole host of zero-waste and plastic-free shops popping up too, listing a beautiful array of eco-friendly products.

Whilst Etsy is a global platform, I’ve found 10 UK-based zero-waste and plastic-free shops/makers/sellers on Etsy. What’s more, the majority of them are run by female entrepreneurs.   

The Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Etsy Shops

10 plastic-free shops

Here are ten of my favourite Etsy shops, selling a diverse range of zero-waste and/or plastic-free products, that you may (or may not) need for plastic-free living.

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Conscious Fibres

conscious fibres zero waste etsy shop

Conscious Fibres sell a whole host of plastic-free and reusable goods. From produce bags, multi-purpose cloths, make-up wipes, tote bags, handkerchiefs, and handy zero-waste takeout kits. The best bit is all of them are handmade in the UK. 

And once your Conscious Fibres product has reached the end of its lifespan, relax in the knowledge that all of their products are completely compostable, or can be recycled.

Creations by Jennie Lee

plastic-free shops on Etsy

Creations by Jennie Lee specialise in stylish zero-waste cutlery pouches. These are perfect for popping in your bag for lunches and picnics – helping you to avoid the need to use single-use cutlery.  There are heaps of different designs sure to appeal to every family member – making them perfect for little ones’ lunchboxes too.

Strictly Sustainable Plastic-Free Shop

georganics plastic-free shops

Georganics is a fantastic range of natural plastic-free oral care. From toothpaste and mouthwash sold in glass jars to refillable glass jars of natural dental floss, and bamboo toothbrushes, there’s pretty much everything you need for a zero-waste dental routine and a healthy smile. Find their products on sale at the Strictly Sustainable plastic-free Etsy shop.

Lilah Pads

lilahpads zero-waste shop

Lilah Pads sell beautiful handmade washable sanitary towels.  I recently purchased a couple for myself, and I am genuinely surprised at how much more comfortable these are than regular sanitary towels. They are SO much more comfortable). And not only that, they are so much more absorbent than their plastic-based equivalent.  I’ve bought two pads, to begin with, to ease me into the world of reusable sanitary towels, but I will definitely be purchasing some more soon.

Luna Beauty

luna beauty makeup

Luna Beauty sells zero-waste, plastic-free, cruelty-free, and vegan cosmetics that I’ve blogged about here before.  From eyeliner and mascara to blusher and bronzer, everything in their shop is plastic-free.  For extra green points, you can even send your empty tins and bottles back for a refill. This earns you a 15% discount on your refill order.

Moonbeam Club

plastic-free moisturiser

Moonbeam Club sells their all-purpose Moonbeam Cream at a purse-friendly £8. This is a natural moisturiser suitable for both your face and body without the need for separate products.  Each batch is handmade using natural ingredients. What’s more, the cream is packaged in glass jars with aluminum lids, making it plastic-free. Although please note the cream contains beeswax so is not suitable for vegans.

Rowen Stillwater Plastic-Free Shop

Rowen Stillwater reusable teabags

Rowen Stillwater only sells vegan zero-waste products, from vegan wax wraps for food, to reusable teabags, plastic-free sponges, and more.  What’s more, every item from their shop ships plastic-free, so you can be sure that plastic doesn’t sneakily find it’s way into your home.

Soapdaze

soapdaze palm oil free soap

Soapdaze sells a lovely range of vegan and plastic-free handmade natural skincare products in their shop.  From beautifully scented soaps that can be purchased with or without packaging to reusable makeup removal pads. I also love their pretty handknitted facecloths, and their lovely facial oils and cleansing grains. It’s safe to say I love everything in this beautiful little shop.

Tabitha Eva

tabitha eve zero waste shops uk

Tabitha Eva sells everything you could need for a zero-waste home.  From reusable nail varnish remover pads to plastic-free sponges. From food wraps to reusable kitchen roll, produce bags, and more. Essentially, if you are looking for something plastic-free Tabitha Eve probably stocks it in their zero-waste shop!

The Zero-Waste Maker Plastic-Free Shop

the zero waste maker zero waste plastic free shops uk

Finally, Oktavia, aka The Zero-Waste Maker, collects waste fabrics and fabric scraps from her day job as a costume designer. She then turns these scraps into useful items that can help in your journey towards plastic-free living. What’s more, it keeps her job as a costume designer as zero-waste as possible.  Every item in the Zero Waste Maker plastic-free shop is therefore unique, and in each listing Oktavia tells you where the piece of fabric used came from.   Look out for beautiful produce bags, makeup removal pads, sponges, cloths, and more.

Do you have any favourite plastic-free shops on Etsy?  Or elsewhere?

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