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Ornaments Made with Recycled Materials Craft

Have an eco-friendly holiday making these ornaments made with recycled materials craft.
By Susan Wasinger
November/December 2003
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These dried oranges are ornaments made with recycled materials craft, a perfect project for the holiday season.
Photo By Mother Earth Living staff

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Try making these green-themed ornaments made with recycled materials craft for the holiday season.

Ornaments Made with Recycled Materials Craft

Stars and moons strung on yarn make a friendly, festive garland. These were cut out of plastic milk jugs and a clear plastic box, which was sanded quickly on one side to give it the swirly opacity of rice paper. Trace the patterns, cut, punch holes, and string them up.

Recycle a summer bouquet for Christmas. Dried flowers add color and texture and a hint of sunshine to a holiday tree. These colorful bundles of Gomphrena were cut at their peak and hung upside-down to dry. A few snips, a quick wrap of copper wire, and they’re ready to light up a branch. Try this with yarrow, globe thistle, or cockscomb.

These radiating mandalas of dried citrus fruit bedeck a tree with natural beauty. Slices of orange, lemon, and lime can be dried overnight on a cookie sheet in an oven set very low. Send a ribbon or wire through the central hole and tie or hook it on a limb. The dried fruit can be kept in an airtight container and used next year. (See the image gallery for photos of the craft projects.)

Read more about holiday crafts that are fun and simple to make: Easy Holiday Craft Projects.

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