Ask the kids to collect six straight sticks from the backyard or use six cinnamon sticks from The Source Bulk Foods for a beautiful-smelling tree! You’ll also need a few scrap ribbons and some twine. Teach the kids how to tie a ribbon around the stick. You’ll need 6-8 strips of ribbon per tree. Once you’re happy with the ribbon placement, trim the ribbons into the shape of a Christmas tree. At the top of the tree, loop some twine around and tie a knot.
Gently tap some nails into a piece of scrap timber making the points of a pentagon. Wrap some pliable wire around the nails to make a star shape. Once happy with the star, remove the nails and continue wrapping the wire around the centre points of the star to hold in place, then secure. Loop some twine around one point and tie in a knot to hang.
Colourful origami stars make wonderful Christmas tree decorations. There are a few different methods to make an Origami star from the Simple Star, which is great for kids, or the traditional 5-point Star. Once you’ve made the stars, make a small hole, loop through some twine or scrap ribbon and hang on the tree.
Christmas can often be a time of excess and over-consumption, but not if you follow our simple DIY tips for greening your Christmas. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn how to keep the festivities fun yet stay true to your values of celebrating Christmas consciously.