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« Lighting Up the Holidays | Main | Invest in GreenTown for a Sustainable Future »
Thursday
Dec012011

A Recycle Christmas

Pieces of artificial tree now decorate the Silo Home's stair railings and are formed into a wreath.It’s that time of year again.  The air is getting crisper and we’re starting to deck our halls.  As you go through your boxes of accumulated Christmas decorations are you finding some that have seen better days?  Before you pitch that tattered wreath or old artificial tree, consider a few of these up-cycle holiday decoration ideas.

-Artificial trees can become a variety of different trimmings.  At the Silo Home we've taken old branches to make pine garlands and a wreath.  We've accented the wreath with old ornaments, pine cones, and ribbon.

-Attach used Christmas cards to a wide ribbon to hang along railings or across your hearth.  Cards can also be fastened to an embroidered hoop to create a unique wall hanging.

-Old books can be transformed into small gift boxes or ornaments.  Find out how at the blog Creature Comforts.

-Grab some seed packets, glue on a piece of ribbon, and hang on the tree for some folksy ornaments.

-Food items can be used to make classic decorations.  String cranberries, popcorn, and peanuts on fishing line for garland.  Slice up an orange into quarter inch thick rounds and bake for 4 hours at 175 degrees, then string up as ornaments.

-Create some outdoor ornaments for feathered friends.  Check out Saltwater Kids for instructions on how to make bird seed ornaments.

-Take an old map and turn it into a fun banner.  Cut out triangles of map to string together.  Stencil on letters to create the message of your choice.

Our "Peace on Earth" map banner greets visitors to the Silo Home.

These "recycle" decorations and more are on display now at the Silo Home.  This Sunday, December 4, Greensburg is celebrating the holidays with open houses, downtown shopping specials, and a Christmas parade.  GreenTown is joining in the festivities by opening our decorated doors to visitors so they can learn eco-friendly ways of decking their own halls.  We at GreenTown wish you all a happy and green holiday season!