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Your holiday decorations may already be in place, but if you’re anything like me, you’re always open to more inspiration (and thinking about next year). I did some online window shopping to see others’ creative — and re-creative — ideas for decking the halls in an eco-friendly way.

Here are a few favorite finds:

The Cardboard Christmas Tree
Forget all those pine needles and think inside the box this year – the cardboard box, that is. This recycled cardboard tree comes with ornaments or can host your own collection. Paint it, add some glitter, drape it in lights (like flickr user, Amanda385, does). Then when the season’s over – just fold it up and stash it in a closet. At three foot by three foot, it’s perfect for an office, kid’s room or dormitory. Plus, sales proceeds help the Arbor Day Foundation. Similarly, this Snowflake Tree from Cardboard Safari is a tabletop-friendly alternative.

(Eco-extra.: Between a live or fake fir tree, always opt for the real thing, which you can turn into mulch and feed to your garden – a gift that keeps on giving!)

Paper Wreath
I just discovered a clever crafter who rolls up old bits of wrapping paper, music sheets and other scraps to make indoor wreaths. You can buy her designs through Etsy – or if you’re extra industrious, follow her lead and see what kind of wreath you can create.

Recycled Wrap
Flickr user jamieleto takes old Art Forum issues and lets their colorful photos and graphics be her wrapping paper. With a little ribbon and a recycled gift tag attached, these presents looks good enough to appear in – and not just be made from – a magazine!

Bottle Tree

Maybe this bottle tree isn’t for you (it wasn’t for the folks at Ugly-Christmas-Tree.com, where I found it), but it’s definitely a Christmas conversation piece – and might fit right into a sporty game room. Here’s an idea: throw a holiday party, serve one or two types of bottled beer or soda, and ask guests to assemble the tree as they finish their drinks. It helps with post-party clean-up too!

Recycled Ornaments

And let’s not forget our own offerings. HGTV.com has some crafty ornament ideas“Spoonaments,” made from old or mismatched silverware (everyone has some crowding a kitchen drawer), and cross ornaments, made from used DVDs or CDs.


Green Living, Holidays

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