From the bean of Green Bean.
'Tis the season. Cookies baking. Christmas carols playing. Fists flying . . . over the recycling bin contents.
That's right. Here at Green Bean's workshop we keep our elves busy. Well, the alternative is that they otherwise construct things like swings made out of last year's holiday ribbon and loop them over a plant hook in the ceiling. It is reusing, but I digress.
Years ago, our holiday craft box consisted of Foamies and stickers from the chain craft store. No more. Indeed, we no longer have a holiday craft box. Unless you count the giant bag of red, green and white pom poms that mom scored at the thrift store.
Now we have something called imagination . . . and trash. Check out what has kept my eco elves out of the hospital thus far this holiday season:
A gingerbread castle created from a cardboard box. Some flexible foamy thing that came in the mail as packaging was transformed into snow and icicles. An old bamboo stick from the garden hoists Santa and his team of alien reindeer into the sky. Oh, and tape. Not exactly green but sometimes necessary.
Ever seen those tags on plush animals stating that the toy is made from all new material? Well, this snowman is made from no new material.
I knew I hung on to the mesh bag that my seed potatoes came in for something! As I never got around to converting into a sponge scrubby, a stuffed snowman is the next best thing. He's filled with stuffing from a cushion we saved from a couch that could not be saved. (That cushion has stuffed nearly all of my homemade holiday gifts this year!). A few vintage buttons, some googly eyes pried from an old art project and topped off with a bottle cap hat? Good as Frosty.
We made a similar snowman out of a sock but he's in the toy hospital, waiting to be resewn, and not suitable for photographing right now. ;-)
What would Christmas be without wreathes and who would waste money buying a wreath form when you can cut one out of a cardboard box? Glue some vintage buttons from mom's button collection on there with, sigh, some new googly eyes, and Merrrry Christmas.
Of course, we've still got 17 more days til Christmas. Not to worry. This eco elfette has a few more ho ho ho's up her sleeve.
What's next? The sky's the limit. Or at least the garbage can.