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3 homemade and sustainable gift ideas

3 homemade and sustainable gift ideas
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3 homemade and sustainable gift ideas

If you’re looking for eco-friendly Christmas gift inspo, look no further! We’ve got several homemade gift ideas that are sure to please everyone on your list without breaking the bank ;) Feel free to add in your own thrifted or upcycled materials – the greener, the better.

Zero Waste Wreath

Ingredients:

  • Local flora – pine branches
  • Recycled/Upcycled Floral wire
  • A straw hoop/wreath (available at DIY stores)

Decoration:

  • Dried oranges
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cranberry branches
  • Little Christmas three balls
  • Small-medium pine cones

Instructions

  1. Head out to your local park and cut some flora from the bushes, taking only what you need. You can also buy the flora from a local florist.
  2. Buy a straw wreath form a DIY store to use as the base.
  3. Bunch the pine branches into small pinchable bouquets and wrap with floral wire. You're going to want to cut the floral wire pre-bunching so you're ready.
  4. Move along the hoop adding small bunches of flora as you go, until it's good and done!
  5. Lastly, adorn your wreath with your preferred decorative items. Use the floral wire to fix each decorative item to wreath’s base.

DIY Christmas Card

Materials:

  • Recycled wrapping paper (One-sided). You can also use the leftover scraps from gift-wrapping.
  • A4 Handmade paper
  • Eco-friendly craft glue

Instructions

  1. Take the recycled wrapping paper and cut out 5 squares consisting of the following sizes: 12 cm x 12 cm, 10 cm x 10 cm, 8 cm x 8 cm, 6 cm x 6 cm, and 4 cm x 4 cm.
  2. Starting with the 12 cm x 12 cm, turn to the square so that the blank side is facing up, then fold it in half vertically.
  3. Fold the top and bottom corners of the square diagonally towards the center to form a triangle.
  4. Repeat the process until all 5 squares have been folded into triangles.
  5. Take the A4 sheet and fold it in half horizontally.
  6. Starting with the smallest triangle, begin pasting the triangles on the A4 paper straight down the center.
  7. Paste each triangle below the other, making sure to paste each triangle slightly inside the previous triangle.
  8. Cut a small star from leftover paper and paste it at the top of the smallest triangle.

Honey Toasted Muesli Mix

This muesli mix in a Clear Bowl 1,3 l (or any other suitable Tupperware Bowl) is easy to make and provides the recipient with a Tupperware Bowl they can use forever.

Materials:

  • Clear Bowl 1,3 l
  • Silicone Spatula
  • String/ Bow

Ingredients:

  • 75 g almonds
  • 75 g of hazelnuts
  • 200 g of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 100 g of honey
  • Fruity mix options: Cranberries and Strawberries, Bananas, Coconut shavings

Instructions

  • Pour Ingredients into Clear Bowl 1,3 L in the order they appear on the ingredients list.
  • Place Silicone Spatula on top of lid, then secure with a piece of string or bow.

Buy Smart: Shop ‘Green’

If you don’t have enough time to handmake all of your gifts, or you need a few stocking-fillers, we have some eco-friendly shopping tips to keep in mind:

  • Support your community and the environment by shopping for gifts from local craft fairs and artisan shops.
  • Choose gifts that are made from recycled/upcycled materials.
  • Give experiences instead of objects – plan a hike, picnic, or a movie night.
  • Encourage sustainable gifting by hosting a handmade gift exchange with friends and family
  • Use Tupperware containers like the Clear Bowl Collection as an alternative to boxes and wrapping paper.
  • Make your gifts extra personal by asking your friends and family what they would like, instead of buying things they may not need ;)

Loving these sustainable Christmas tips? Check out our Christmas No Time To Waste article for more pointers!

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