Recycled Christmas art

Christmas is truly my favourite time of the year. The lights, Christmas trees, decorating the house, time spent with family, eating, school concerts, more eating and all the magical events that go together with the season makes this truly the most wonderful time of the year for me.

With decorating, comes an opportunity to make some Christmas crafts. This year, I needed to add some decorations to the mantle in my family room and I was waiting for inspiration to hit. It came when I was at my local craft store- I could paint some festive quotes. My next question was what would my canvas be? I do love to make my craft out of recycled materials and I was running down a list of things that I had at home, when I realized that I had some boxes to get rid of. I cut up the box to make my canvas. In fact, I feel that painting on the boxes gave this artwork a more rustic feel.

I used the last of some ribbon that I bought over 10 years ago to finish off the project. I certainly feel merry and bright when I look at my new artwork. It brings me comfort and joy!




Organization- Birthday Boxes

The kids and I have lots of fun thinking of themes for their birthday parties. Early in the year, we think of a theme and the start planning and preparing for a party in September and October.

Pros of starting early:

  • The kids have fun, thinking about their party and deciding what activities they would like to have at their party.
  • We can look out for bargains and sales to get what we need for the party.
  • We have time to make the invitations, thank you cards, goody bags, props needed for party. This becomes a project we can enjoy doing as the year progresses.

Cons of starting early:

  • We need a place to store our creations.

 For the longest time, I had two boxes in my study, that looked pretty messy.



A free solution- photocopier boxes with lids.

Photocopier paper box

I painted the boxes with some extra wall paint that we had in the garage and made some labels.

My eye pleasing solution

Each child now has their own box to store supplies for their party. Projects in progress can be stored in the boxes until we have time to continue working on them.
What a difference! I love it. A few simple steps have achieved big results.
Do you have any simple solutions that have satisfying impact?