Today’s Solutions: September 22, 2021

‘Tis the season to celebrate, but unfortunately, ‘tis also the season of increased waste. If you’re looking to get festive without taking a toll on the environment, try out some of these sustainable holiday crafts! 

  1. Paper bag snowflakes. Paper snowflakes are a great way to decorate your home and keep kids entertained for hours. Paper bags make a beautifully rustic version of this snowy classic and make use of paper material you likely already have laying around the house. To make the snowflakes, create a square or circle out of paper and fold it in half diagonally. Repeat the folds until you have a small triangular shape then make decorative cuts along the edges of the triangle. Unfold for a festive surprise!
  2. Cranberry and pine luminaries. To make these, all you need are cranberries, evergreen branches (like pine or cedar), water, a votive, and a glass jar. Simply add the cranberries and clippings to the jar and fully submerge with water. Suspend the votive on the water and you have a beautiful glowing decoration for your home. These will last all season long and you can probably make them with nearly all components found around the house. 
  3. Dried citrus holiday ornaments. Preheat your oven to 175 °F and slice oranges, lemons, or grapefruit very thinly with the skins still on. Place your cut citrus circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for three to four hours, until the slices are dry to the touch. These wonderfully-smelling rounds make gorgeous ornaments or can even be strung into a decorative garland. 
  4. Popcorn garland. To make these classic holiday decorations, all you need is popcorn, cranberries, and thread (you can also add extras like cinnamon sticks). Alternatively string each of your components, tying a double knot after each addition to prevent sliding. When you’re done, string them up around your tree, mantle, or in doorways for extra cheer. 
  5. Salt dough ornaments. Salt dough is a popular children’s craft, but it also works great for making eco-friendly ornaments. Get together salt, flour, and water to make this recipe for salt dough. Once the dough is made, use a rolling pin and your favorite cookie cutters to make plastic-free ornaments. 

These engaging crafts reduce waste and make beautifully unique decorations for your home. If you decide to make some, share them with us on social @optimistdaily.

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