DIY: how to make zero waste decorations for Christmas!

In 2015 for the very first time I embellished my own Christmas tree and I enjoyed playing with imagination, making beautiful handcrafted decorations.

Because they had fantastic success among individuals who have seen them, today I share my tutorial with you, and I suggest to do this activity with children in the coming days of vacation, to train manual skills and have fun together.

Here is the good news: you don’t require to buy anything! In fact, we will only utilize recycled products, broken or surplus items that everybody has at home.

What do we need?

The necessary products are: cardboard tubes from the inside of the completed rolls of bathroom tissue or absorbent paper for the cooking area. The more we have, the much better it is!

  • a pair of scissors
  • a brush
  • a water-based glue (tip: if you don’t have it, heat in a saucepan, until boiling, 10 grams of cornstarch with 50 grams of water and you’ll have your zero-waste glue!)
  • twine, or threads, or ribbons recuperated from present bundles.
  • In addition, to make the decorations more beautiful, however not strictly necessary:

    • paint of the color you choose (this can be the opportunity to lastly use those old dried tubes of tempera you definitely have somewhere … cut them, include a couple of drops of water and patiently mix till they end up being creamy once again)
    • crystals or beads (look for your broken bracelets and lockets and provide a new life!).

    Let’s begin!

    First off, fold the tubes, as shown, and then cut them along the shorter side; the width ought to be of about 1 cm for everyone.

    Among the cuttings, choose five of the bigger size and, with the aid of the brush, stick them together, putting a little glue just on one end, as

    displayed in the image. Press with your fingers till the 2 pieces of cardboard are perfectly repaired. Wait a few minutes, all we require is just a little persistence!

    Once all 5 cut-outs have been glued, you have in your hands a sort of stylized flower. To make it better suited for Christmas, turn it into a snowflake: glue other five cut-outs in between the “petals”, possibly a little smaller sized in size, putting the glue just in the corners and pushing with your fingers.

    At this moment you have currently made a decoration ready to hang, however if you want you can go further, making it more sophisticated and lovely.

    Fold the cut pieces in half and attach them inside the 5 bigger “petals” that you had actually glued to each other at the start.

    You can continue by cutting the cardboard pieces in the center and glue each half in between the corners of the outer “petals”.

    And here we are: our snowflake has taken shape! You can stop or fold more cut-outs and glue them where you choose, attempting to keep a particular balance in the figure as much as possible.

    < img src =""width ="600 "height ="693"/ > A light coat of paint and the addition of some crystals or beads will offer an unique touch to your decor, all set to be hung with an easy thread, or twine, or even with ribbons that match the picked color.Little suggestion: to
    make your ornament last longer, use a light final layer of glue over the paint.

    They will look fantastic on your Christmas tree, however they will likewise be best hanging on the railing of the stairs, on the window glasses or as embellishments for your Christmas gifts, instead of utilizing wrapping paper and worthless packages that, the majority of the time, turn right away into garbage.

    Have fun with your imagination, develop different shapes and have fun. I can’t wait to see your outcomes! Share your images with me, write me, tag me on Instagram with #veravigliediy and I’ll share your works on my social media!

    Excellent imaginative recycling and Merry Christmas!

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