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Recycled Christmas Decorations

Here are some useful ways to recycle and reuse old Christmas cards. One idea to reuse Christmas cards is to craft them into new Christmas ornaments. I love to take the old cards and crochet around the edges with yarn. Here are a few examples of recycled Christmas ornaments.

Here is the tutorial with step by step instructions how to make your own recycled ornaments from old Christmas cards.

If you don’t want to crochet around the edges, you can always just stitch around the edges with a needle and thread such as this ornament.

Another idea is to make gift tags from the old cards. You can either use a template to cut out the tags using scissors or use a store-bought tag maker to punch out the tags. Here are some gift tags I punched out using a tag maker.

Here are more examples of recycled Christmas ornaments made from old cards. Continue Reading →

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Halloween with less Trick-or-Treat Trash

Halloween is a fun time for the kids and adults too. It is also a holiday filled with lots of trash. Leftover trash includes everything from plastic candy bags, pumpkins, paper banners, candy wrappers, other decorations and costume castoffs. So as another Halloween approaches, here are a few useful ideas for making Halloween a bit greener.


Use a reusable bag for Halloween candy. Kids can choose to use a recycled or reusable candy bag such as one made from recycled plastic bag like this one from MyRecycledBags. Here is the link to the pattern and details for crocheting this cool orange candy basket.

Party favors can be made by recycling things like yogurt cups into little candy holders. Let the kids decorate the items and have fun with the crafting project.

How about all those plastic bags that candy comes in? Well that plastic can be recycled so don’t throw it in the trash. Save it and either drop it into your curbside recycle bin or a nearby store’s plastic recycle container.

Same goes for those paper decorations and banners that you either can’t or won’t be reusing next year. Recycle them in your paper or plastic recycle bins so they don’t end up in the landfill.

What about those leftover pumpkins? If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has a Zoo, Continue Reading →

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

I just made my own homemade hummingbird nectar using two simple ingredients. Sugar and water is all you need. Some people add food coloring but you don’t need to and the birds don’t require the red juice to be attracted to your feeder.

These tiny little creatures are among the smallest bird species and are just so lovely to see up close. Here is one enjoying my homemade hummingbird nectar juice mix.

Simple recipe:
4 cups water to 1 cup sugar. No need to use food coloring and the birds don’t seem to care at all. They are still attracted by the red on the feeder and don’t need any artificial coloring. So 4 parts water to 1 part sugar is this simple recipe.

Mix well with a spoon and fill up your feeder. It is recommended to Continue Reading →

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Useful Trash Ideas

Here are a few ways to use trash in useful ways. I save all of my toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. I mainly used them for fire starters but there are many useful ideas for reusing these paper rolls. Here are two of my favorite.

Save the paper rolls and fill it with dryer lint. Use it as a fire starter in your woodstove or campfire. These stuffed paper rolls make amazing fire starters.

Next idea for reusing toilet paper rolls is this simple but handy idea below. Continue Reading →

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Wood Ashes for Sanding

I have written before about reusing wood stove ashes for sanding but just had to post again about this great idea. I just cleaned out our wood stove and got a full bucket of wood ashes. Here is a quick picture of just how far this one bucket of wood ashes will go towards sanding.

This hill as you can see is steep. It tends to get icy and we need some added traction at the crest of the hill. Just by adding wood stove ashes, it really does help with traction. Plus the wood ashes melt down in the snow and help with ice build-up.

You can read more about reusing wood ashes here for sanding your road along with more details. Just a note so you don’t track wood soot in the house. Continue Reading →

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