Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Recycler's Guide to the Holidays

This Holiday season why not do something for the environment and your wallet? WKU Recycling and Surplus want to tell you about upcycling. Upcycling is taking otherwise trash materials and creating them into something new and useful. Recycling and Surplus created an upcycled Christmas Tree for the holiday season.
To create this beauty it took only empty water bottles, soda cans, hot glue, and a few willing souls.


There are tons of neat ways to upcycle materials in your home to be used for this Christmas. An example I liked is taking old Christmas cards and cutting them into gift tags. It is a great way to save money and use something otherwise thrown out. Plus they look just as good if not better because they are original.

Another really cool idea is wrapping your gifts in newspaper or old maps you have lying around the house. It looks really unique in comparison to everyone else’s wrapping and it didn’t cost a thing out of pocket. Also you can wrap with an old phone book or brown or white paper and then decorate the box yourself. It can be designed specifically for the person the gift is for.



Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be hard and costly. Here are a few ideas for decorations that won’t cost anything and you can enjoy making with friends and family. If you have old newspaper or books or notebooks full of assignments don’t throw them out. Make Christmas Trees instead! Take the pages individually and fold them in half diagonally and glue them together at the top. You can use a bottom as the topper or and old figurine or you can create a cloth star with cardboard in the middle and cloth glued around it.

These are just a few ideas on how you can upcycle this season. It is a very crafty and thrifty way to save money while helping the environment. I hope this inspired you to get creative!
Merry Christmas!
Recycling and Surplus Associates

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