Creative ways to deal with your Christmas rubbish

Love Christmas, but hate the waste it produces? If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m a big fan and advocate of creativity in whatever form it takes and not just writing. The aftermath of Christmas with its greetings cards, wrapping paper, packaging and leftover turkey is a perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles. So, before you crack out the black bags and take it all to the landfill, have a look at these creative suggestions for dealing with your Christmas rubbish.

Turn your greetings cards into something you’ll want to keep

Christmas cards are perhaps the worst of all the Christmas waste. You somehow feel you can't simply chuck them as someone has taken the time to send them to you, but if you keep them they'll just sit in a box or drawer taking up space for years to come. However, Christmas cards are a fantastic source of card for some fantastic creative projects.

Image source: Hubpages
Image source: Hubpages

Turn your cards into attractive storage

http://hubpages.com/art/recycleholidaycards

Make some fun cat toys for your feline friend

http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/tabid/2073/Default.aspx 

Turn your festive tipple into an ornament

You may have seen these funky ideas in a previous post of mine. Old bottle corks and beer bottle caps are a brilliant raw material to make lovely decorations for next Christmas. My favourites are the cork reindeers and bottle cap snowmen below.

Image credit: One Artsy Mama
Image credit: One Artsy Mama

Bottle Top Snowman Tree decorations

http://www.oneartsymama.com/2012/11/bottle-cap-snowman-ornaments.html

Cork reindeers

http://www.guidepatterns.com/diy-wine-cork-reindeer-ornaments-to-try-this-christmas.php

Turn old wrapping paper into an attractive feature

Wrapping paper seems like such a waste to me (sorry!). But at the same time, it is a source of some beautiful patterns. Before you get out the black bin bag, why not consider turning your wrapping paper into something useful or beautiful.

Image source: jewelsathome.com
Image source: jewelsathome.com

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alessiasantoro/reduce-reuse-recycle-that-wrapping-paper?utm_term=.fbEdMBkQn#.xfx2vGZQJ

Make the most of your leftovers

Forget the turkey curry (which is revolting by the way). Try this tasty recipe for a pie using all the best bits from Christmas lunch:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/roast-potato-turkey-sausage-stuffing-pie

I hope you find these ideas useful. Will you be doing anything creative with your Christmas rubbish? Let me know in the comment below.

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