START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

10 Gorgeous Handmade Holiday Decorations

10 Gorgeous Handmade Holiday Decorations

There are so many reasons why creating handmade decorations make the holidays sparkle. For me, the most important reason is to reduce holiday waste. Let’s take a quick look at the holiday statistics (adapted from Recycleworks):

  • From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. It all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
  • In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
  • The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
  • If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products.
  • Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill.
  • The average American spends $800 on gifts over the holiday season.

Yikes! Making holiday decorations creates meaningful heirlooms, saves money, treads lightly on our precious planet…and with these gorgeous decorations there’s no need to trade style for sustainability!

10 Gorgeous Handmade Holiday Decorations

1. Tree Place Card Holders from Family Chic

2. Chickadee Ornament from Design Sponge

3. Hanukkah Tealight Menorah from Curbly

4. DIY Snow Globes from Econesting

5. Falling Stars Advent Calendar from Design Sponge

6. Chandelier Crystal Twig Tree from HomeShoppingSpy

7. Burlap Stocking from Holly Mathis for HGTV

8. Fabric Chain from CRAFT

9. Music Garland from Eco Craft

10. Holiday Scents from Care2 and me!

Photo: HGTV

Read more: Christmas, Conservation, Crafts & Design, Crafts & Hobbies, Eco-friendly tips, EcoNesting, EcoNesting DIY, Green Decorating, Green Home Decor, Hanukkah, Home, Household Hints, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, , , , , , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

378 comments

+ add your own
4:36AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Very great articles, thank you very much !
WISHING YOU A GREAT SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

11:51AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Thanks for Sharing :)

2:10PM PST on Dec 17, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:07PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thanks

6:54AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

thanks for good ideas

3:25PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks for the article.

6:19AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks for posting.

9:35AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Good ideas, thank you.

9:34AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Good ideas, thank you.

9:33AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Good ideas, thank you.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I stopped buying supplements due to the fillers. I eat my vitamins/minerals now ;-)

Masaru Emoto is a quack with no scientific authority or credentials whatsoever. His "findings" are a…

Thanks!

Interesting.

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.