DIY: 5 Easy, Eco-Friendly Ways to Upcycle Your Holiday Decorations

We’re in a crafty mood! Here are a few fun ways to get into the spirit of the season with stuff you already have at home!

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We love little creative projects around the house, and there’s nothing better than putting your heart into getting ready for the holiday season. We’ve kept our eyes open for creative DIY tricks to deck our halls in a planet-friendly way, and wanted to pass our five favorites along to you!

1. Eucalyptus Wall Decor

Need: Eucalyptus sprigs, string or wire, branch, scissors
What a wonderful, easy way to bring the season indoors! We found this great little idea on Sabrina’s “Starlights In The Kitchen” blog, which is full of lots of great interior tricks to brighten up your spaces. You just know this is a quick way to add some life, as well as leave a room smelling absolutely wonderful!

Fun twist: Feel free to let your imagination run wild with this one! Eucalyptus can easily get swapped out for pinecones or evergreen sprigs – and you can even add a little extra holiday spirit with some glue and glitter or table salt to mimic snowflakes!

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2. Dried Citrus Garland

Need: Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit – whatever you like!), twine or rope, parchment paper, toothpick or knife
Speaking of decorations that add an amazing holiday aroma – Let’s get into this dried citrus garland from Erica at HonestlyWTF. It really couldn’t be easier, and the ways to style it are endless!

All you’ll need to do is preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (about 93 degrees Celsius), cut your fruits to about a quarter of an inch / a half inch thick, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake them for about 3-4 hours, flipping them halfway through!

Your slices store perfectly in a ziplock bag or a plastic container, and their color will become even more vibrant with a few days’ rest! Once you’re ready to hang them up, just use the toothpick or the tip of the knife to poke a little hole for your string.

Again, there are so many ways to use these! Erica suggests the garland idea, of course – but also you can also do gift toppers, centerpiece bowl-fillers, ornaments and wreaths! And hey, maybe you’ve got some eucalyptus left over from the first decoration that you can repurpose into this one?

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3. Flying Origami

Need: Paper (cut to size), string
There’s so much room to put your own spin on this idea, the possibilities are truly endless! Grab old books, magazines, cookbooks, wrapping paper – whatever you’ve got! – put on some holiday music, and have an origami-folding party with the folks who mean the most to you. Whether they’re the ones you’re hunkered down with, or over FaceTime, it really doesn’t matter – the most important thing is that there’s lots of love in every fold of whatever origami creation you chose to make.

And the grand finale is a centerpiece you can hang over your dinner table, in front of a window, from any light fixture, or just wherever you’d like to add some life. And let your imagination run wild! A quick Google will bring you hundreds of easy, step-by-step how-to’s to fold your way to the perfect origami creation for your spaces – for example, peace doves, cranes and stars!

4. Sheet Music Creations!

If you’re the musical type, this type of decoration will be a no-brainer for you! There’s already so much charm and elegance over a musical score, so finding creative ways to sneak it into your holiday decor will give you an extra bang for your buck! We’ve collected some great little ideas to help you get the ball rolling on how you can fold, twist, weave and utilize the sheet music you might have lying around (or could easily download as a PDF and print out – possibly on beige or soft-white paper, giving it a slightly aged look!). We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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5. Confetti au Naturale!

Need: Dried leaves or old books, old magazines, wrapping paper scraps, etc., and a hole punch or confetti puncher

What a charming way to add a little color without creating tons of waste! Grab a handful of dried leaves and use them to sprinkle over your holiday table, around your centerpieces or in holiday cards as you send your season’s greetings out to friends and fam. We love the fact that this is also a great way to make the most out of those extra bits of wrapping paper that will never actually fit a present, no matter what occasion – so don’t think you’re limited to autumn!

PS: A few honorable mentions!

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