Keepin’ It Green: The Week in DIY: Upcycling your Christmas Trash, DIY Cough Drops, and More

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The Week in DIY: Upcycling your Christmas Trash, DIY Cough Drops, and More

Each week, we highlight some of our favorite DIY projects from our friends at Treehugger and Planet Green to help inspire your inner crafter.

Make a Last-Minute Gift Box from Old Holiday Cards
Before you throw away all those Christmas cards, try saving a few for spur-of-the-moment gift boxes.

Sore Throat? Make Your Own Herbal Cough Drops
Keep scratchy throats at bay all winter with this technique for homemade herbal lozenges.

Use Spare Cardboard to Decorate Year-Round
Coffee sleeves, cereal boxes, and other extra cardboard pieces give your home an earthy, textured look in any season.

Trying to Get Organized? Try Tiled Tin Cans for Storage
Tin cans and styrofoam go from trash to treasure with this easy tutorial that turns them into one-of-a-kind decor.

Give Boring Picture Frames a High-Style Makeover
Inexpensive glass gems and jewelry-box remnants let you dress up any boring photo frame.

Light Up Your Next Cocktail Party with LED WIneglass Markers
Skip paper or plastic cups–and save on dirty dishes–with these bright charms that let your guests know which cup belongs to them.

Before Tossing Your Tree, Turn Its Branches into a Jewelry Stand
Your Christmas tree has a year-round spot in your home as an organizer for rings, bracelets, and necklaces with this simple project.

Today’s Cardboard Boxes are Tomorrow’s New Toys
Before you recycle those shipping boxes from all your online purchases, try repurposing them into ornaments, toy trains, and more.

Tackle This Custom Charm Bracelet with Supplies from Your Garage
Brass fittings from your fishing box and #6 plastic–plus a little creativity–become chic, upcycled accessories in this how-to.

Don’t Get Caught Empty Handed at Your Next Party–Make These Easy Coasters as a Hostess Gift
For housewarmings, holidays, and last-minute invites, keep a set of these super-simple coasters–and a bottle of wine–on hand for a foolproof hostess gift.

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