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Girl Annual
« on: November 28, 2007 09:24:57 AM »

Hi Crafters!

 I live in a city neighborhood that, ever year, has a decorate-your-building-exterior contest. This year the theme is "A Green Christmas", as in, environmental decoration ideas.  I'm determined to participate!  And I know I can rely on you creative lot to help me come up with fabulous ideas.

Plus, it's just a plain old good idea.

I want to focus on the three R's, of course:  reduce  (don't buy new stuff to make the decorations) Reuse  (reuse what I have, and make things that can be reused in following years, or other applications) and Recycle  (anything to be trashed should be recyclable!)

So far, these are my ideas:

  • Reduce my use of lights, and put a timer on the lights so they only operate about 3 hours a day
  • Use lots and lots of ribbon!  (reusable, and best of all - compact storage!)
  • Use evergreen boughs (can be collected by the City along with trees after christmas,  and made into garden mulch)
  • Punctuated with real Ivy, and cranberries  (would bird eat these?)(compostable!)
  • Craft idea:  A recycled paper wreath - made from color pages of newspaper, or magazine pages, or even last year's torn up wrapping paper,  crumpled up and stuffed in a wire wreath frame
  • Use natural items, like pine cones, hung in bunches with ribbons
  • I was even thinking of making hanging balls of jingle-bells that ring when the wind blows (sounds like Christmas to me!)
  • Popcorn balls is a neat idea INSIDE, but outside would result in a pigeon-feeding-frenzy  Cheesy
  • Some kind of decoration made of empty green wine bottles + red ribbon  (hmmmmm, this needs some though...)

Craft community, I challenge you to suggest lots of ideas, and show Craftster's green side by making this a big topic!

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007 06:31:31 PM »

Look on the craftalongs page,there's a recycling themed one-a different green idea each month,dec.is gifts and decorations.
I've heard of-but not tried-the idea of taking a string of lights(not minis) and putting a junk cd behind each bulb to reflect like crazy.Tie red ribbon on your green wine bottles.Make flowers from paper,or white plastic bags,or cut a milk jug up into petal shapes and make a flower-fill the wine bottle "vases".If you have a glass cutter,cut of the tops,drop a candle inside for luminarias.Or fill paper bags halfway with sand for the same.I saw somewhere,a magazine?, ICE luminarias.I think they took a paper milk carton,put a smaller one inside,filled the space between with water,weighted down the center box,froze them.Ripped off paper,lined the walk,dropped in a candle.Again,I've never done it-that's my vague memory of how it was done.It looked awesome! Punch a design in a tin can-same general idea.If you have access to brushwood,and time-make a twig sculpture.Bend thin limbs,tie with twine,make a deer or something.Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 05:52:28 AM »

we have had a decorate-your-window-contest in our neighbourhood and some years ago someone made the first price with the following decoration:
a black-cardboard-skyline in each window. The skyline had little  windows from colored transparent-paper.
It look awesome and is kind of a green idea, since you do not need more electricity to light it, since it is lit as soon as you light up the lamp in your room.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007 06:24:15 AM »

Not sure if you care to feed the birds or are afraid they will eat all of your decorations but you could also do the pinecone thing with a little extra something for our winged friends.


« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 06:36:08 AM »

There was a neat soda can wreath on here. We have hung small milk jugs on our string of lights and they glowed red and green (we did this for a similarly themed parade 2 years ago.) Grapevine style wreaths with garden waste.
Candy wrappers are often colorful, so if you could reuse them somehow.

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007 08:37:12 AM »

A few ideas:

- Most sweaters have little ribbons to hang your clothes on. Cut these of and you have perfect recycled ribbons.
- Use charms and beads from old jewellery to make decorations
- use fabric from old clothes for Christmas balls and ornaments and fill them with wool from old sweaters.
- use good old breaddough (do you call it this way? it is dough that you can use as clay (brooddeeg in Dutch)) - again with your recycles ribbons  Wink
- look close to each gift you get - the packaging material can be quite nice for Christmas (ribbons, papers, etc)

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 08:41:48 AM »

See if you can get some LCD lights, they are fantastic and pretty, and use less electricity.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2007 07:30:51 AM »

omygosh, these are GREAT ideas everyone! 

I LOVE the soda can wreath,  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=135262.0 
I would love to do the ice luminaries, but our weather is iffy right now, for sure theyd melt in a day  Sad
And the Christmas balls made from old clothes are so simple, and brilliant!

keep 'em coming!!
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008 04:01:38 PM »

So I know this is so late in the thread but every year one of the neighbors on my street would ask everyone to start collecting their used milk jugs around thanksgiving time and give them to him. He would cut a hole in the sides of them, clean them out and fill them with sand and place a tea light in them and line the whole street with them to help guide the reindeer to our street. It was really neat since we had a lot of kids on our street. It helped us sleep better that night knowing that Santa couldn't miss us.
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008 10:34:28 AM »

Lining the street with candles to make sure Santa can't miss you is an adorable idea. Smiley
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