Welcome to Local Hippie’s weekly tip for living a greener life! Each week we will provide you with a quick tip to help you reduce your carbon footprint and change the world.
This week’s tip isn’t exactly a tip – it’s a craft! A low-waste, low-impact, Christmas craft.
Christmas decorations can be incredibly wasteful. These days, most decorations are made of cheap plastic that cannot be recycled at the end of its lifetime. As you can imagine, that doesn’t sit right with me!
This year, I decided to try my hand at a classic Christmas decor piece that is not only cute, but completely biodegradable. I thought I’d share!
Dried Citrus Christmas Garlands:
– Citrus fruit of your choice (oranges, grapefruits, limes, or lemons)
– Cooling racks
– Cotton or jute twine
– An embroidery needle
– Cut your citrus into thin slices (roughly 1/3 inch thick).
– Arrange the slices on a cooling rack.
– Set your oven to the lowest possible temperature, somewhere
around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cooling rack
inside, baking for 2-4 hours, flipping every 45 minutes.
– String your needle and poke it through each side of the
citrus slices until your garland is as long as you’d like it.
– When the holiday season is over, simply place your garland
in your compost bin!
Cheers to an earth-friendly holiday season!
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