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A Greener Christmas
MAKE YOUR CELEBRATIONS ECO-FRIENDLY, RECYCLABLE AND ZERO-WASTE WITHOUT SKIMPING ON STYLE…

NAPKIN RING

Thread 10 beads onto some craft wire. Fasten the wire by twisting the ends together. Push the wire ends back through the nearest bead to hide the join for a nice finish. Pop your new napkin ring over a napkin.

GARLAND

Create a beaded garland that can be displayed all year round. We used almost 100 beads, plus a 3m length of fine cord. Before you start, lay out the beads in a design of your choice, then tie a loop at one end of the cord and thread on the beads. Once all the beads are threaded, tie a loop at the other end and hang the garland on the Christmas tree, a wall or from small hooks on your mantelpiece.

WOODEN BEAD WREATH OPPOSITE

To make a beaded wreath, make a 25cm metal ring from 16mm gauge wire. Thread beads onto the ring in a pattern of your choice; ours was 1 big bead, then 3 small ones. Once the ring is full, twist the ends of the wire closed using pliers. Tie a length of wide ribbon about 75cm long over the join to disguise it. Tie the loose ends together and hang.

Space-saving trees

BAMBOO LADDER CHRISTMAS TREE OPPOSITE

This simple ladder can be used for towels once the decorations have been packed away. Cut two lengths of bamboo about 1.5m long with a hacksaw. Cut 5 rungs starting at 25cm and increasing in length by 5cm. Attach the first rung 20cm from the bottom. The rung should extend by 3cm on each side. Tie together with a criss-cross method using a length of brown leather thong. Attach the next rung 25cm up, using the same method. Continue until all the rungs have been attached.

POM-POM TREE

Use a glue gun to glue different sized pom-poms to some branches and arrange in a vase of your choice. You can use any colours you like.

SLIMLINE DOWEL TREE

Take a 12mm dowel stick and use a pencil to mark the position of your ‘branches’. Using a drill and a 6mm drill bit, drill holes through the dowel, making sure they lie straight. Use 2 x thinner 5mm dowels for the branches. Measure the different lengths of the branches (ours were 15cm, 30cm, 45cm and 60cm long) and trim using a hacksaw. Sand the dowels, if required. Lay the 12mm dowel on a flat surface and insert the branches through the holes. Apply wood glue to the holes (using a skewer or toothpick) and allow to set. Make small adjustments, if necessary, to get the branches perfectly straight and even. Take a 15cm plastic plant pot and tape over any holes. In a 2L ice-cream container, or similar, mix up some cement and water until it reaches a bread dough consistency. Scrape it into the planter. Insert your tree and centre it perfectly. Apply strips of tape in a criss-cross pattern to keep the dowel still while the cement sets. Allow to set for 24-48 hours.

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December 2019