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.
Turn your cards into attractive storage
Make some fun cat toys for your feline friend
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.
Bottle Top Snowman Tree decorations
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.
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:
I hope you find these ideas useful. Will you be doing anything creative with your Christmas rubbish? Let me know in the comment below.