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5 Eco-friendly Christmas crafts

Transform disposable materials into keepsakes that'll brighten up the home

5 Eco-friendly Christmas crafts

1. Wine cork reindeer

Don't throw away your wine corks just yet! They can be re-purposed and used to make cute decorations to hang on your Christmas tree. You'll need two wine corks, a craft knife, glue gun, pipe cleaners, a corkscrew, googly eyes, red ribbon and a red mini pom pom. Cut one wine cork in half, then attach one half to the full-length cork using a glue gun for the head. Once dry, bore holes into the bottom of the full-length cork, then attach pipe cleaners for the legs. Glue googly eyes, and the red pom pom for the nose, then attach pipe cleaners for the antlers and tail. Fill your home with plenty of cuteness by making lots more!

2. Pine cone centrepiece

If you're looking for a super-easy DIY project, this is the one: it takes less than five minutes to make and will look amazing on your dinner table. Just place pine cones in a large bowl, then put an LED light in a large jar and position it in the middle of your display. You'll want to whip up some more once you see just how beautiful your creation looks.

3. Pine cone wreath

If your centrepiece isn't enough, add a wreath to the mix to jazz things up. Gather twigs from outside to make your wreath frame, then use a glue gun to adhere your pine cones to the frame. If you'd like to make it even more original, why not cover some of the pine cones with gold glitter glue? Once you're satisfied with your make, attach ribbon for hanging.

4. Mason jar lid ornaments

Have you got a collection of jam jar lids lying around? You can easily put them to good use by painting a number of Christmas-inspired figures on the inside of each; one with Santa, another with a reindeer, an elf or Mrs. Claus. Once your paint dries, take your design one step further and place glitter, beads and any other embellishments where you see fit.

5. Twig candle holders

Now that you've used up all your jam jar lids, put the actual jars to good use by adhering broken twigs around the outside of each using glue. Once dry, place a battery-operated tea light holder in each and watch your home light up.