Last minute zero-waste Xmas decorations

Updated: May 21

December is usually the busiest and most expensive month of the year and if like me you work every day except Christmas day you will be short of time so here are a few last minute, fun zero-waste ways to decorate a dining room.

All you have to do is relax, take a pew with a glass of wine and a free copy of Timeout, Metro or any magazine of your choice and grab sellotape and scissors from the kitchen draw! Okay so in a few easy steps here are 2 last-minute zero-waste Christmas decorations.


Firstly hanging paper chains, step one, two, three and voila!


Step 1: Take one free local rag and fold the page in half, then score the fold using your fingertips.


Step 2: Rip or cut the page into strips (desired width). Loop a strip and tape. Repeat this action taping each strip through a new loop into a chain.


Step 3: Repeat step 2 until you reach your desired paper-chain length and hang. Here are my zero-waste Xmas paper chain decorations which I made last minute last year.

If you found these 3 steps super easy then follow the next couple of steps to make a hanging centrepiece for the dining room table.

Secondly, for a last-minute hanging Christmas wreath, all you need again is a free local magazine, a wire clothes hanger, sellotape, a ball of string (I use a red and white twist, however you can use any colour) and then you will need a couple of pieces of foliage from the garden or balcony and lastly anything random or festive to hang from the hanging wreath. Be creative, anything collectable and lightweight will work.


Step 1: Take the wire coat hanger, stretch it out and re-shape it into a wreath shaped circle. Twist and tie the ends together. To avoid scratching your hand, you may want to tape the joining ends.


Step 2: Rip a double page from the magazine, then shape and twist the paper around the wire. Keep tearing double pages, repeating and twisting the paper, using the odd piece of sellotape to firm the wreath into shape. It is super easy and takes seconds.


Step 3: At this point remind yourself it is Xmas. Pour a glass of fizz and play the best Christmas song of all time, a Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, featuring Kirsty MacColl.

Then proceed to tie four separate pieces of string, at length to the wreath in four even corners, as shown below. Then tie the string to each individual object to hang and tie to the wreath, Do this until you are happy with the number of things hanging from the paper wreath. If it is not perfect don't worry, it's not meant to be!


Step 4: To add a bit of green foliage to the wreath it is self I use Eucalyputus because it dries out naturally, smelling great and it lasts a long time. Any evergreen foliage will work. Carefully feed each stem of foliage through the string which is already attached to the wreath. Keep adding different decorations, mushrooms, jelly eye-balls, a Caganer, or anything interesting or fun.


Hang to the ceiling above the dinner table and voila! Then turn up the Christmas volume and give ourselves a zero-waste pat on the back and have a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2020 everyone.

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