So you want to have a green Christmas? Looking for environmentally friendly outdoor holiday decorations? Some of the best outdoor decorations for the holidays are the ones you make yourself. The right Christmas decor can make wildlife happy too. Saving energy can be fun when do it yourself ideas come into play. Making your own inexpensive decorations is all part of having a wonderful old fashioned holiday season.
Deck your trees
If you have evergreens in your front yard, decorating them for the holidays is a tradition. Why just use any decorations though? How about decorating them for the birds and squirrels? Use old fashioned popcorn chains as inexpensive decorations with an ecofriendly twist. Don’t stop there. Hang pine cones filled with peanut butter, orange slices and other fruit as a treat for wildlife. No evergreens? That’s OK. You can dress up the bare branches of any tree with these non-electric green decorations for the holidays or any day.
Patchwork Christmas flag
Non-electric decorations are found in stores everywhere. For instance, you can buy flags for any holiday. The problem is, they’re not exactly green. Patchwork holiday flags you make yourself send the message that you believe in having a more ecofriendly Christmas. Start with a rectangular piece of an old white sheet. Use old fabric to form a picture, which you can glue or sew to your flag. Now back your picture with a second piece of sheet. Add tabs for hanging. This inexpensive decoration can be washed and reused for a green Christmas every year.
This is about as green as you can get. For some reason, the old tradition of snowman building doesn’t seem as popular as it once was. Too bad, because these ecofriendly spontaneous outdoor holiday decorations really show the true spirit of the season. They’re handmade by kids out of fun-loving holiday joy. They brighten up your lawn and the faces of everyone they greet. When they melt, they water your lawn, saving energy and water. So get out there and have a little fun with the kids making these inexpensive decorations for your green Christmas. If they melt, do it again!
When I think of outdoor holiday decorations, there’s always a welcoming wreath in the picture. You can make recycled wreaths out of a wide variety of materials for a green Christmas. Aluminum pop cans are a great example. Crush them and string them into a circle. After the holidays, remove the string. Toss them into the recycle bin. They’re green, shiny, colorful, nonelectric and completely recyclable. You can’t go wrong with these energy saving outdoor holiday decorations.
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