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The Recycled Holiday Tree Challenge: Make Christmas and Holiday Ornaments From Recycled or Reused Products Reusing Window Blind

Posted Dec 19 2009 6:52am

Plastic "paper chain" on the tree          

Paper chains have been used since the Victorian era as holiday decorations for tree, banister, mantle piece, or doorway. Victorians were intensely creative and decorated their homes and trees with items they made themselves or already had in their homes and community. Often, they would string dolls and small tin Supplies to make a chain from blinds     soldiers for the tree, as well as place candies, nuts, and fruit among the branches.

Reusing common items, I used the Victorian’s theory to craft my very own greener version of the paper chain. All it takes is an old plastic window blind, a pair of scissors, a measuring tool, and a stapler.

First, take the window blind completely apart. You will be left with the naked plastic blinds.

Cut the blinds in 8” strips, stapling the first strip together to form a ring. Utilizing all the blind strips, continue stapling rings together until you have a long chain. Above you see the blind I used, it formed just enough chain to decorate our Christmas tree.Window blind

Recycled Holiday Tree Challenge Rules – the components must be - 

  1. Reused, or
  2. Recycled, or
  3. Garage Sale Purchased, or
  4. From a Resale Shop, or
  5. From the Natural Environment

Any craft parts beyond glue, staples, and needle/thread also need to be from a resale shop or disassembled and reused from a previous source.

Please send photos and links so we can see what you have done with holiday trees to help save the landfills. Thanks!

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

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