New Delhi: Tis’ is the season to start decorating the house with holiday cheer, so bring out the mistletoes, bells, Xmas gifts, trees along with delectable savouries, mouthwatering plum cakes and desserts and do everything possible to be in Santa Claus’s good books. Only this time, bring in the festivities in a green way and do your bit for the planet. Here are five creative ways to make eco-friendly Christmas trees that will help you celebrate the festival of the year in a waste-free way.
Opt For A Real Christmas Tree
Ditch the fake, festive Xmas trees that are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—a non-recyclable plastic that emits lots of pollutants during production and even transportation. Instead, go and decorate a real Christmas tree that is far more eco-friendly option. Plus, a real tree helps remove excess carbon dioxide from the air, thereby helping the environment be healthy and breathe easy.
Make Your Own Upcycled Christmas Tree
Christmas is all about decorations, so wear your creative hat and make your own DIY Christmas tree, it will surely grab eyeballs and stand out from the mainstream Xmas trees. Wondering how to make one? Here’s some help! Just get some plastic bottles and start staking them up in a form of a Christmas tree. You can also get metal anglers welded with the bottles to give extra support to your Xmas tree. If you think metal anglers are a lot of work, don’t worry, just get some glue and stick the bottles.
To give it a more personal and creative touch, you can also paint the plastic bottles in colour green and instead of adding plastic décor, simply paint it up. For example, instead of getting plastic bells, candy canes and other decorative items, draw it up on the bottles. And voila your handmade Christmas tree will be ready.
Chalkboard Style Christmas Tree
If you are a creative person then chalkboard style Christmas tree will be a perfect thing. Get yourself a blackboard, put it in a dedicated Christmas corner and start decorating it your way. Personalise these chalkboard Christmas tree with special Christmas messages or favourite Christmas songs. To give your Christmas tree an ‘oomph’ factor just add string lights.
This option is also best for people who don’t have a space in their living room, or simply would like to avoid the mess.
Jenga Style Christmas Tree
Ditch the traditional green version of Christmas tree and get yourself a Jenga wooden Xmas tree. It’s simple, creative and eco-friendly alternative. Light it up with fairy lights and other green decorative items and you will be good to go.
Junk Mail Christmas Tree
Got a stack of old books, magazines or other paper? Just put it some good use, design yourself a cool holiday tree out of it and spread the green and eco-friendly cheer. All you need is a pair of scissors, cardboard, glue and packing tape. Start by making a base for your tree using the cardboard.
Basically, all you have to do is draw a Christmas tree on the cardboard and cut it up. Repeat this step so that you have two Christmas tree bases with you. Then stick these two bases together and start decorating it with old papers, mails or magazines. String your tree with lights if you like or decorate it with other eco-friendly items like handmade cloth fabric bells, candy jars.
Don’t forget to put the Christmas tree on an old box stand by covering it with extra paper, wrapping paper or whatever else is available.
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