Five fun ways for you and your children to reduce, reuse and upcycle your Christmas waste this festive season
Transform your tree
Instead of taking your old tree to the tip, put it outside in your back garden to create an additional habitat for birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Get the kids involved in some messy play by coating the branches in margarine or peanut butter and rolling them in bird seed. To add some decoration, consider hunting down some pine cones and hanging them from the branches with string or twine.
As a nation, we use 83 square miles worth of gift wrap every festive season, but this doesn’t mean it needs to be scrapped. Get the kids involved by cutting and sticking your leftover paper, gluing it into a scrapbook, and adding photos, writing and decorations to create a family book full of festive mementos.
Deck the halls with DIY
Have a go at getting the kids involved by making some DIY Christmas decorations. Cut out snowflakes to stick on the windows, stick cloves into oranges and bake until dry, and pick some holly and ivy to make table decorations and wreaths. This can be a fantastic way to reduce your waste and costs, while having fun with the kids too.
DIY Christmas card bookmarks
Instead of throwing them away, you and your children can easily transform your old Christmas cards into adorable bookmarks by using this quick and easy craft. Cut out long, thin sections of your favourite cards, keeping the picture intact, and punch a hole at the top. Loop a ribbon through and finish by decorating with glitter, paint or stickers.
Christmas lunch leftovers
Christmas is filled with lots of wonderful food and there are several ways to recycle your leftovers that can really reduce waste. The leftovers from Christmas lunch can be a great way to get your kids in the kitchen cooking some new recipes, whilst a food compost bin is a great place to put all your unwanted vegetable peel.
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