Holiday Crafts White Christmas. CC photo via Flickr user slack12

Published on December 9th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe


Handmade Holidays: Recycled Cardboard Christmas Ornament

The weather is getting colder, and we have a handmade holiday on our minds! Handmade gifts have heart, are better for the environment, and, if you opt to buy, it supports independent artists!

To help get you in the handmade holiday spirit, we’ve been posting about recycled gifts and giftwrap you can make yourself and great handmade finds for sale!

So you’ve probably got your sights set on a Christmas tree, if you do that sort of thing, and you’re brainstorming some eco-friendly decorations ideas! Infused Goods has you covered with a super-detailed tutorial for making lovely cardboard ornaments! Here’s how:


Green it Up
The obvious way to make this a green project is to raid that recycle bin for cereal or beer boxes. Really, any sort of light cardboard will do. You might also want to use EcoGlue for the adhesive that this tutorial calls for.

You can up the green on your Christmas tree even more by using energy-saving LED lights in place of conventional ones.

If you’re totally slammed this year and don’t have time to make ornaments, no worries! Here are a few lovely recycled ornaments straight from Etsy:

Image Credit: White Christmas. Creative Commons photo via slack12

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About the Author

Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to Handmade Holidays: Recycled Cardboard Christmas Ornament

  1. Lisa says:

    I love the snow picture. So gorgeous and calming. At least to those of us w/ out snow. We opted for a potted xmas tree this year and I love that doesn’t drop as many needles and that we can plant it in the spring.

  2. Becky says:


    I grew up surrounded by beautiful Christmas Tree farms. It was positively sacriligous to have anything less than an 8 ft frasier fir! Artificial trees were a definite no-no.

    Fast forward to last year. My dear hubby of 3 years and I are totally in to Mid-Century modern everything! We scored a beautiful 1950′s aluminum tree a 1960′s revolving musical tree stand and a gorgeous 1950′s color wheel light. Eco friendly re-using of old stuff!

    No more silly cutting down of live trees for us!

  3. Pingback: Regifting: a Green Alternative for Meaningful Holiday Gifts | Sustainablog

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