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Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

December 24, 2011 Comments (0) Views: 2045 Seasonal

Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

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I’m not really an eco-friendly person, but I just try, from time to time, to be creative or do something original. Thus, I decided to have a Christmas tree decorated with different things from nature this year. Here’s what I used to make the ornaments:

  • Cinnamon bars/sticks
  • Orange, grapefruit, and lemon slices
  • Red ribbon
  • Potpourri
  • Needle and thread (dark green, not to be too visible)
  • Glue (optional)

One or two days before decorating your tree slice some oranges, lemons and grapefruit and let them dry on a heater. Turn the slices on both sides every 4 hours (actually, it depends on your heater).  You can also dry the slices by leaving them in the oven for a few minutes.

I used different ways of sewing these together: a cinnamon stick with a dry orange slice, a ribbon tied around two cinnamon sticks, potpourri glued on slices of oranges etc.

If you have a large Christmas tree and you are tired of making complex ornaments, just put some popcorn on white thread to make tinsel. It’s cheap and it brightens up the atmosphere.

Another idea for tree ornaments is this: make a “special dough” from 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 2-3 tablespoons of oil and ¾ cup of water. Use cookie shapes to make different kinds of ornaments and let them dry. Don’t forget to insert a handle or a string through the dough. You may also paint them.

Here are a few photos of my small Christmas tree.

I hope you found these tips useful.

Merry Christmas!

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