In keeping with the Christmas in July theme, the San Francisco Recycling Examiner would like to share some ideas from the last holiday season for hand-crafting your own ornaments and gifts this Christmas. Nearly every shopper at Bayshore Mall in Eureka, Arden Fair in Sacramento, or Westfield San Francisco Centre would most likely admit that gifts made in foreign countries may look exciting and shiny on Christmas morning, but lose their appeal after a short amount of time. Also, why decorate the tree and home with ornaments and baubles that are easily broken and have no real significant meaning? Try some or all of the following ideas for creating a home-made Christmas this year; the necessary materials are as close as the nearest northern California Goodwill, Thrift Town, or Salvation Army. If you start now, by the time December rolls around you will actually have time to enjoy the special events of the season with loved ones.
Not sure where to start looking for ideas for that gift you would like to make? Check out books from authors like Betz White, Emma Hardy, and Amanda Blake Soule. These women are experts at repurposing in absolutely beautiful ways. Look through their books for ideas on creating all sorts of things. Or if you have a crafter on your gift list, one of these books would be great to find under the tree.
Everyone has access to toilet paper tubes. Here are some honestly adorable ways to use toilet paper tubes this upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s using them for this Advent Calendar from maya*made or these tree ornaments from Family Fun magazine, this is an inexpensive art supply.
Denim is another readily available reusable crafting material. Denim has been in northern California since the California gold rush and its durability is one reason it’s still around. Use denim to create rugs, coffee cozies, or bean bags. It’s that simple.
Here are some craft books even the computer geek on your list can appreciate. Ideas for crafting with dead computers and single socks will have gift bags and boxes filled with monsters of all sorts and unique items everyone will want.
Have someone on your Christmas list that loves hats? What about creating one of these hats from repurposed materials? Ideas for Cat Hats, Holiday Hats, Hoody Hats; hats, hats, and more hats!
There are millions of blogs created by stay-at-home moms and dads. Some of them are even worth visiting for the wonderful tips on reusing,repurposing, and recycling that can be found there. Each of these blogs has easy to follow tutorials for turning trash into really cool gifts. Whether it’s something to wear, something to play with, or just something to decorate the home, these bloggers can be trusted for offering first-class tips and ideas.
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