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Recycling Cardboard Boxes for Christmas

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Want to save money on packaging up your gifts this year? Here are a few ideas:

If you need boxes for your Christmas holiday gifts, don't go and buy them. You can pick up clean, empty boxes from your local shops so don't be shy. Get out there and ask!!

No gift wrap left over from last year's Christmas? You can pick up plain brown kraft paper at your local post office for under $3.00! Best part, you can use it year round for any occasion.

Why not create your own gift tags to match your packaging. You can pretty them up with any leftover ribbon. By the way, I used images culled from my collection of Dover Publications and also from the Graphics Fairy. In both cases, the images are copyright free. 

Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was little, we used to make these plastic wreaths out of green plastic trash bags that we sold at Christmas to family and friends to raise money for school outings. They are still fun(and oh so easy) to make if you have plastic bags you would like to recycle. The complete wreath will last forever (unless someone pinches as happened to me a couple of time when I decorated the garage doors with them!!).

Of course I wouldn't dream of going and buying plastic bags for this project (I recycle, remember?). Instead I used four clear plastic dry cleaning bags that I scrounged from the neighbours and friends and a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form.

As I said, these wreaths are really simple to make and you can even get your own kids to help out. The following are instructions for making the wreath out of clear dry cleaning bags, but you can use whatever plastic bags (e.g., bread or produce bags??) you have on had. You'll just have to adjust how many bags you will need.

What you need: 3 to 4 plastic dry cleaning bags (if you have to use plastic bread bags, you will need about 20 to 30 bags), one wire coat hanger and scissors

How to do it: NOTE: You may get a lot of static when cutting the plastic strips so work somewhere you don't want to find bits of plastic when you're done.

  1. First, bend the wire coat hanger into a circle (doesn't have to be perfect) and set aside.
  2. Next, cut the plastic bags into strips 1/2″ wide and about 5-6″ long. Don't worry about getting the strips perfect - the wreath actually looks better when the strips aren't perfectly cut.
  3. When you've cut out all the strips, take a one and tie it around the wire circle.
  4. Keep doing this with all the strips until the wreath is fully covered.
  5. Fluff the finished wreath up a bit to add volume.

For added sparkle, I pulled a copper wire scouring pad apart and decorated my wreath with it. I made the star garland using empty cereal boxes and glued these to more of the copper wire.

That's it.

UNICEF World Children's Day

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

November 20 is UNIFEC's World Children's Day with the 2017 theme being #kidstakeover. So don't be surprised if you see a kid presenting the news on your local tv channel or cooking up a storm at a local cafe. Kids will also be popping up at your place of work with their parents (maybe you!) as well. 

Last Minute Halloween from the Recycling Bin

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few last minute Halloween decorations you can make with what's in your recycling bin!

Plastic Bag Pompom Pumpkins

Use orange (or orange and black) plastic grocery bags to create large pompom pumpkins. These will last forever (unfortunately).

Book Page Gourds

Have you already gone ahead and bought your pumpkins and gourds but have no time to carve and/or decorate them. Forget about it. Just tear some pages out of your old telephone books and slap these on with a bit of glue. Now that's gourd for you!!

Light Up the Night

Chinese lantern (physalis) pods make a wonderful display that you can keep up until Thanksgiving. Just insert the light bulbs of battery-powered string lights into each little seed pod and drape over a mirror.


Here's a nifty way to serve up Halloween treats for your kiddies. Empty your eggs, wash carefully, add a few treats then a witch hat and mask. A cracking good idea don't you think!

Potion Bottles

Grab a few bottles from the recycling bin and decorate with horrifying Halloween labels. You can find loads online or make your own. These are best for your grown-up parties.

Your recycling bin is truly a great source of inspiration.