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How To Make A Branch Tree Video. Tips For Sustainable Giving. How To Have A Green Christmas. Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S.

How To Have A Green Christmas

Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill. And added to this is the carbon cost in transporting all these trees to the landfill. Much of the environmental costs associated with the holidays can be reduced by simple awareness and some pre-planning. • Reuse or recycle gift packing materials Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled. Foam packing chips are not as easily recycled; if you don't want to store this material for reuse, take it to a shipping center like Mailboxes. etc, who will accept it for their own use.

Note: Never burn Christmas tree branches in your fireplace. Simplify Your Holidays. 26 Last-Minute DIY Christmas Hacks. Top Awesome 20 Christmas Easy Food Hacks. Top Awesome 20 Christmas Easy Food Hacks Posted by admin on Dec 5, 2012 in Food Preparation | 8 comments Christmas is one of the happiest holidays during the year.

Top Awesome 20 Christmas Easy Food Hacks

Following the Thanksgiving and waiting for New Year, the Christmas is all time favorite holiday in the USA and around the world. The holiday rush does not have to be stressful if you host a family party. There are a lot Christmas foods and easy food hacks and tricks that can make food preparation much easier. Christmas Tree Out of Upside Down Waffle Cones Via Pie mug toppers for Mulled cider Via Santa Strawberries Via Freeze whipped cream dollops for a hot chocolate bar Via Create Christmas trees using melted chocolate Via Hot chocolate in the crock pot Via. Holiday Tips For Green Shopping & Unshopping. 101 Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas. It is traditional on Valentine's Day to give your loved ones a token of your affection.

101 Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas

This year, give your friends and family something extra-special with this list of 101 different Valentine treat ideas! You will find everything from classroom snacks to special desserts to end a romantic, candle-lit dinner, and everything in between. Whether you are searching for an idea for your neighbors, coworkers, kids, spouse, or anyone else in your life, read on for dozens of ideas they will surely love. Valentine's Day Candy Recipes. Gingerbread Houses: Free PDF.

Holiday Waste Reduction

Recycled Drink Bottle Star. An easy to make Christmas Tree Star from a 24 oz.

Recycled Drink Bottle Star

Pepsi Bottle.Materials:1 Pepsi bottle 24 oz.1 piece of 5/8" ID PVC pipe 4" long1 Styrofoam ball 2" dia.Silver paint, adhesive spay, 2 part epoxy, and glitterTools:Scissors, pliers, felt marker, and paint brushSteps:1. Cut the top section off the bottle right at the top off the label, remove label.2. Make a marker line at the top off bottle at the center point of each of the knobs on the bottom of the bottle as in first photo below.3. Cut from the line to the outside edges of the knobs on the bottom of the bottle as in first photo.4. Recycled PET Bottle Christmas Stars. Once upon a time, bottle bases were recycled to make glass tiles.

Recycled PET Bottle Christmas Stars

Today, we can recycle the bottoms of plastic water, juice or olive oil bottles into twinkling stars with a snip of the scissors. These transparent decorations reflect light from every direction and make eye-catching beaded garlands or hanging decorations suspended from a bit of wire. For a set of five stars and three snowflakes, set aside eight plastic bottles. They can be colored or clear. Slice off the bottom end of each bottle using a serrated knife. To make a star, cut out triangle-shaped shapes from the sides. Paper Moravian Star Tutorial.

After I posted my Christmas tree last week, I had a few requests for instructions on how to make the paper star.

Paper Moravian Star Tutorial

I think it might be hard to write out, but here it goes... Materials: - 4 strips of paper; 3/4" wide by at least 17" long - thread or string to hang You will find large sheets of paper in an art supply store or the art section at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I use a self-healing mat, straightedge, and rotary cutter to cut the strips of paper. Cardboard Christmas Star. This has been my first experience decorating a Christmas tree as an adult.

Cardboard Christmas Star

After university, I always lived overseas and traveled on my holiday break. Once we moved to Japan and started our family, the girls were always so little and then there was the question of space, storage and living or artificial tree. I ended up finding a little artificial tree at the recycling center and the girls have fallen in love with it. They made pomanders, threaded glass beads and popcorn, and covered it with the 100 tiny paper cranes that one of my husband’s students gave to him several years ago. We were missing a star though, and although the one I made for the top is a little serious for our kid- decorated tree, I hope we will grow into it over time. Simple Steps: I used recycled gold cardboard that I’ve collected, but you can use thin cardboard and gold paint to get a similar effect.

Gift Wrapping & Alternatives

DIY: Alternative Christmas Trees. Simple Homemade DIY Gifts.