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Gift wrapping ideas using recycled materials

It’s that time of year – I love the idea of beautifully wrapped gifts but confess it’s not my natural forte. Did you know that experts estimate that paper waste over Christmas is equivalent to 5-12 million litres of biofuel – enough to power a bus to go to the moon 20 times (source – friends of …

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4 DIY Christmas Jumper Ideas, Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

I love Christmas, the decorating, luscious food, time with family and friends. I can be a bit of a bah humbug about things such as Christmas Jumpers, viewing them as a waste of money… That’s where the homemade ugly Christmas sweater ideas come in. It’s time to recycle an old sweater with these DIY Christmas Jumper …

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Upcycled Christmas Decorations

There is nothing quite like homemade and upcycled christmas decorations, especially of they are upcycled. I have been having lots of fun coming up with ideas to enter a competition being run by Light Bulbs Direct. The brief is “This competition involves redecorating light bulbs into Christmas baubles and other festive decorations” Regular readers will …

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Gift Tag plea.. create your own upcycled gift tags

Recycled Gift Tag Ideas In our family there is a birthday just before Christmas, Christmas, and then a birthday. Coupled with five siblings to be more than generous to our children, we inevitably have carrier bags of gifts stuffed into the wardrobe.   Yesteday evening we were busy hunting for names written  on wrapping paper, …

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Christmas Jam Jar Tombola

It is a very busy time of year, especially if you are running a small business – this week I have (squeezed in) enjoyed preparing jam jars for the school jam jar tombola.    The kids loved making biscotti, and chocolate fudge, the left overs handily doubled up as my work colleagues Christmas cards (I would much …

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Recycled Gift Wrap

Here are some great ideas for Recycled Gift Wrap – enjoy:) Old Dress Patterns for tissue paper, with a pretty string and gift tag:) Tots drawings – we go through copious amounts of paper in our house so it’s great not to put it all in recycling, what could be better for a grandparent? No …

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Homemade Christmas Presents

Time is rapidly running out for making homemade Christmas presents. My original christmas card design was pressed bracken trees on handmade paper. However I quickly became covered in sticky adhesive spray, and found the bracken difficult to stick down (as you can see!). So instead I have gone for an old christian music score folded into a tree …

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Homemade Christmas decorations

Thoughts are turning to Christmas… I am loving this advent calendar, and think my daughter would really enjoy helping to make it. I’m considering a visit to a few DIY stores for green wallpaper samples 🙂 Other ideas include a rag fabric wreath, or felt flower wreath, tinsel made of scraps of felted wool jumpers… I do …

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