Eco-friendly Christmas decoration without tinsel

Who’s up for making some eco-friendly Christmas decoration? Christmas is a time of indulgence. Too much food and drink, too many gifts and a house full of decoration. Fun times for sure, but every year tons of plastic tinsel end up in landfill, as well as other stuff like broken fairy lights, plastic baubles and other Christmas decoration. Because stuff is so cheap these days, it is very tempting to go to low cost supermarkets and pound/euro/dollar stores and fill your basket with new glittery pieces every year. I’m no saint, I’ve done it too! Because sometimes temptation gets the better of you and you think, nevermind, it won’t make much of a difference if it’s just me doing it. But it does.

Five DIY alternatives to tinsel

Today I am suggesting some alternative, fun and in most cases far more durable alternatives to plastic tinsel. Let’s get making! No time or skills or too much faff ? Find decorations at your local craft fairs or have a browse on Etsy.

1. Paper Christmas decoration

Last year’s Christmas cards cut into circles, stars or triangles make great garlands and bunting. Paper chains are easy and fun to make too. Get the kids involved on a rainy Sunday afternoon! Possibilities are endless with paper and an ideal way to kick off your eco-friendly Christmas this year. Keep it really simple or turn it into a more complicated project with folds and creases, or sew the pieces onto a string.

eco-friendly Christmas

eco-friendly Christmas

2. Christmas decoration with poms

Oooh…do you remember making these at school? Pom poms are so much fun to make and easy enough for little hands to help too. Use up old wool, or unravel an old scarf or jumper if you really want to go down the upcycling route. Tie them onto a string and create a fabulous home-made alternative to tinsel. Hang them in the tree or use as a garland. Read my other blog post about Christmas pom poms here.

eco-friendly Christmas

pom pom garland Christmas

3. Eco-friendly Christmas decoration with pine cones

For a nice minimalist, kind-of Scandi look, go and collect pine cones on your next walk in the woods. Add a bit of silver or white paint to the tips if you like for a nice Christmassy touch.

pine cone garland eco friendly

4. Fabric Christmas bunting

Bunting is easy to sew and fun to create from any scrap fabrics lying around or old clothes. Choose reds and whites to make one in Christmas colours. Another easy idea is to cut triangles out of burlap and just sew the tops to a ribbon to create some home-made bunting. Still more fabric lying around? Make a wreath!

burlap bunting eco-friendly christmas

5. Beads and buttons

For more delicate looking decoration for your tree or fireplace, try stringing beads or vintage buttons (or remove them from clothes you no longer wear – you could use the fabric for bunting or a fabric scrap wreath!) on a thread at regular intervals for a ‘necklace’. Reusing your old clothes and buttons is a great way to create eco-friendly Christmas decor.

eco-friendly wreath and garland

christmas garland with vintage buttons

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas

It always takes me a little while to get into the Christmas spirit, and I still have one leg in summer really, but hey, if you want that garland finished by December, you got to get your act in gear. Today’s post features some fabulous easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas! Yes, pom poms, those fluffy colourful woolen balls that you probably made as a child. A fun alternative to your usual decorations. They are super versatile and you can use them as tree baubles (the kids would love them!), on wreaths and even as gift toppers. If you have children, get them involved as it makes a great rainy Sunday afternoon craft project too.

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas
A super colourful tree by Paint the Gown RedPaint the Gown Red

First things first, let’s learn how to make a pom pom – in case you have forgotten. You can use cardboard, a fork or even your fingers, so I am sharing these tutorials with you today.


How to make pom poms

Get some wool! You may have some leftovers in the cupboard, but if not, try Create and Craft, who often have great offers on all kids of craft supplies.

This is the way I learnt it as a kid. The bigger the cardboard circles you cut out, the bigger the pom pom.

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas


Make pom poms using a fork

This is a genius way of making pom poms. No need to cut out cardboard, just use a fork! Watch the video to see how it’s done.


Make a pom pom tree garland

A nice alternative to your plasticky glitter garlands; one made out of wool. This one used paper straws to separate the pom poms, but you can of course just tie the pom poms on a pretty ribbon or a string too.

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas
Image and turorial on Elsie Marley

Make a pom pom tassel

This could either be a tree decoration or something to hang on a wardrobe key or a door knob. Or even your hand bag. Very pretty and so easy to make.

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas
Pom pom tassel via True Blue Me and You

Gift toppers with pom poms

Looking to jazz up your wrapping paper? Pom Poms make everything look Pinterest-worthy. Go and make some small ones just for this purpose. They will make any Christmas gift stand out.

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Image via Lia Griffith

pom pom Wreaths

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a beautiful homemade wreath. Here are three very different style pom pom wreaths, so take your pick! I love them all.

Make a Giant Hula Hoop Pom Pom Wreath

This is a gorgeous one. I love the purples and browns on it and the simple wooden hoop with some green as a base layer.

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas
Image via Couture CraftCouture Craft

Make a colourful wreath with baubles, bells and pom poms

What a gorgeous mix of shiny baubles and colourful woolen pom poms. This would brighten up any door at Christmas. Just tie them individually to a styro-foam or wire wreath with string. And don’t be afraid to overdo it, the more things the merrier!

Easy craft projects with pom poms for Christmas
Image via Molly Makes

Make a snowball wreath with pom poms

I love this one. Just using white or off-white wool, making lots of fluffy pom poms and securing them onto a wreath for a wintery effect. Nice. It makes you want to stroke it, so soft.

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Image via Etsy

Free printable vintage tags and wrapping paper for Christmas

I love graphic design and creating blogs, postcards, posters, flyers, business cards and more. I also love free printable vintage tags and labels. Make your Christmas gifts and decorations extra special this year with these ideas!


free printable vintage christmas tags

free printables for christmas
Just something I made Great round labels.

Lately I have come across some absolutely gorgeous free printable and downloadable images and textures. What better looks better as a finishing touch than a customised, vintage label to go with your hand-made gift?

Here we go! Have fun and do share links to your websites if you’ve created anything with them!


free printable vintage images and textures

Fuzzimo
A great site with lots of vintage downloadable images including postcards, stamps and envelopes as well as polaroid frames, canvas textures and old sticky tape. Yum!

free printable vintage images postcards

 

free printable vintage textures and images

free printable labels

I-Do-It-Yourself
Wonderful website with lots of ideas and inspiration for weddings – but of course these great labels can be used for your homemade Christmas gifts too. Worth a look.

free printable vintage labels


beautiful printable retro wrapping paper

Not free, but super affordable, is this gorgeous wrapping paper from DesignStudio51. For less than the price of a coffee you buy yourself a ZIP file with the most beautiful printed wrapping paper to make a real impact this Christmas.

printable retro christmas wrapping paper



free retro fonts

Creativebloq
I found a great selection of free downloadable Retro type fonts on this website, ready to be used on all your labels, cards and other creations.

free retro fonts
free retro type fonts

 

Shadowhouse creations
More yummy type fonts! Which one to choose???

 

free retro vintage type fonts

free printable vintage labels

World Label
Heaps of great vintage labels to stick on jars, bottles, boxes, gifts, anything!

free printable vintage labels

 

Miss Cutiepie goes 80s
Lots of free printable vintage Christmas labels and tags…

free printable vintage labels



Thebalanceeveryday
Some more lovely vintage Christmas tags. Oh my – are those gifts going to look good this year or what.!

free printable vintage christmas tags



thebalanceeveryday
Cover some tin cans or mason jars in vintage wrappers. You may want to keep some yourself as a home for your pencils, scissors and other bits and bobs too!

free printable vintage wrappers

 

free printable collage sheets

Maybemej
Great collection of printable paper scraps, including old maps, flower patterns and labels:

free printable vintage collage sheets


happy printing and crafting!