Thursday, December 2, 2010

Giving the Gift of Garbage

In which Green Bean hopes for a Meaningful Memory.

It is one thing to give experiences. It is another to give handmade. And another to give green. But giving the gift of the contents of your garbage can? That takes eco-consciousness to a whole other level.

This year, in addition to adventing a reader, we decided to create our book advent calendar. Each day contains the title of a book we are reading. Following instructions on Maya Made, we used toilet paper tubes, leftover spray paint (previously used for Halloween costumes and "jet packs"), snowflake cut outs of security envelopes, staples and a glue gun. Okay, hers looks better than mine but I am proud to say that my boys and I put this together in a single afternoon, that they boys actually did help!, and that we bought absolutely nothing for this project.

If you follow these delightful directions, you too can wow your friends and family with trash to treasure this holiday season.


Coffee sleeve wreath (for those who've forgotten their reusuable mugs one too many times).





Obviously, there are a million upcycled gifts you could give a loved one for the holidays. I've chosen only the most amazing here.

What are you waiting for? Save money. Save the Earth. Flex those crafty muscles and give the gift of garbage this year.

Trash, anyone?


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

We made that advent calendar this year too! We decided to hang ours on a 3 ft fake Christmas tree my husband and I have had since our very first Christmas. Like you said - it doesn't look as good as Maya's, but I'm pretty proud of it.

se7en said...

Wow - Thanks for linking us... I popped over to meet you and love what I have read over here!!! Fantastic!!!

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

Wow, that's a very impressive list. I plan to link to this when I post about green gifts.

Robj98168 said...

Great list! I have made a wreath from discarded coffee sleeves, only to find tha sammy the cat loved scratching it to pieces, I am busy making firestarters out of tp tubes, filled with lint from dryer that should start nice fires.
Never thought about an advent calendar though....

Green Bean said...

Erin: I love that! Hanging on a tree. We'll have to try something else next year but the boys and I are definitely addicted to making our own advent calenders. :)

se7en: Thank you for visiting! Love your rocket and aliens!!

Betsy: Thank you! I love the idea of making something out of basically nothing.

Rob: Aw, but Sammy liked it. ;-) Maybe a new business venture for you - cat toys out of discarded coffee sleeves to augment the mobile pet carriers.

La Mama Naturale' said...

Very cool list of ideas. Love it. Will have to bookmark this for next year. So much can happen with those paper tp tubes and or as you said "nothing". AWESOME. :) Merry xmas!!


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