Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do next year to cut down on the cost of presents and the mounds of trash and packaging that we all helped generate this last week. One way to do that is to rethink our ways of gifting. This article from fellow blogger Katei gives some ideas for gifting on a budget by recycling and repurposing what we already have.
Gifting takes a level of skill and finesse, and it is considered by some to be a hobby in and of itself. However, the price-tags associated with mass-gifting can stack fairly high. Widdle down costs by creating gifts from recycled materials to give more for less and in the process create a more sustainable home and skill-set.
A Book can provide fantastic materials for creating recycled gifts. Not only can its pages can be used to create elegant and intellectual wrapping options, but they can also make interesting displays and ornaments. For instance, book page flowers will never wilt and book page ornaments and mobiles add an intelligent flair to holiday displays.
To create flowers or ornaments, begin each project by cutting the desired shape from ten pages stacked or folded together. Swallows, stars, and snowmen are popular easy-to-cut shapes for mobiles. Rough-edged circles work well to make flowers. To create a mobile or ornament, sew a spine up the middle of the stack of cut-out shapes. This will create a lovely fanned ornament. Continue the process and attached to a ribbon to create a mobile. To make paper flowers, ruffle each page and reform them into a stack. Insert an eyelet through the center and fan the pages. Use a pipe-cleaner or some other rod as the stem.
***For a full look at this hobby of creating with book pages, visit Alisa’s blog! Isn’t this an amazing image where she took a book page and made this treasure?
Book covers and spines can be used to create clever keepsake chests or jewelry boxes. Gut the book of pages, but leave the cover and spine intact. Fit the book to a small stiff box. Use wood glue to secure the book to box and attach a small jewelry-box latch to the front. The inside of the box can be left empty or lined with scrap fabric.
Recycling is one of the many ways to increase sustainability throughout the home. Another option is to use simple repair and maintainer to increase the life of home appliances. This will not only lessen load on landfills but will also help save money and promote sustainable living.
As another Hobbies on a Budget article notes, “if your furniture is a different color from your new wall color and doesn’t quite ‘go’, don’t spend big bucks on an expensive, new couch that can easily set you back $500 or more.” A similar stance can be taken for appliances. Is the root of a malfunctioning ice maker a broken arm? Do you no longer use the more energy-efficient toaster oven because of a missing knob? Save money and become more sustainable through maintenance. Basic DIY repairs can completed easily as GE appliance and other brand-name parts can be found in-stores or on the internet. Fixing a malfunctioning appliance can make the home more comfortable for less cost which opens the budget for more fun activities and hobbies to enjoy.
About the Author:
Katei Cranford is a writer and crafter who loves giving items a second-life through creative recycling and sustainable living.
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