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
- Local flora – pine branches
- Recycled/Upcycled Floral wire
- A straw hoop/wreath (available at DIY stores)
- Dried oranges
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cranberry branches
- Little Christmas three balls
- Small-medium pine cones
- 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.
- Buy a straw wreath form a DIY store to use as the base.
- 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.
- Move along the hoop adding small bunches of flora as you go, until it's good and done!
- 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
- Recycled wrapping paper (One-sided). You can also use the leftover scraps from gift-wrapping.
- A4 Handmade paper
- Eco-friendly craft glue
- 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.
- 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.
- Fold the top and bottom corners of the square diagonally towards the center to form a triangle.
- Repeat the process until all 5 squares have been folded into triangles.
- Take the A4 sheet and fold it in half horizontally.
- Starting with the smallest triangle, begin pasting the triangles on the A4 paper straight down the center.
- Paste each triangle below the other, making sure to paste each triangle slightly inside the previous triangle.
- 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.
- Clear Bowl 1,3 l
- Silicone Spatula
- String/ Bow
- 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
- 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!