Christmas Parade :: $50 Home Depot Giveaway

Christmas Parade Giveaway :: $50 Home Depot Giveaway via Cottage Magpie

Christmas Parade Giveaway :: $50 Home Depot Giveaway via Cottage Magpie

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Here at chez Cottage Magpie, like so many of you, my family tries to be be green. We reduce, reuse and recycle and all of the usual suspects. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s usually cheaper! Thrifty AND conscious. I love it. Many of these tips you can find in articles at The Apartment Guide blog, such as:

But when it comes to the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the mode that you have to have everything new, new, new and more, more more. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can recycle and reuse just as much for your holidays as you can at any other time of the year. For example, over the years I’ve made or found many Christmas ornaments that were recycled. Here’s some of them:

Use recycled chandelier crystals for Christmas ornaments. You don’t really even have to do anything, just hang them up! You can see them on my tree here, which was featured in a previous holiday home tour.
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Use vintage materials to make ornaments, like the ornaments I made out of vintage bulb reflectors and vintage costume jewelry. I’ve shown them several times, but this particular picture is from one of my previous “Happy Holidays” posts.

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Sometimes you can just find or buy vintage ornaments, too, using them instead of seeing them thrown away. I have bought them at thrift stores, but I also have won them in bloggy giveaways, like these below. They are sooo pretty!

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Even if you do find old ornaments at thrift stores, or have old ornaments of your own, you can recycle and remake them into something new, like I did the year I was craving an all red-and-white tree but didn’t want to spend a ton of money.

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You can also recycle things that weren’t originally ornaments at all, like using vintage clip-on earrings to decorate mini-trees, like I did for the tree in my son’s room.

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That doesn’t even scratch the surface, either, when you add in all the recycled book page, sheet music, rusty junk, vintage object ornaments and decor. All of that is recycling!

See? So easy! I bet you have already been doing it and didn’t even realize it!

If you’re looking for more ideas on being green, even if you are a renter or apartment dweller, check out the Apartment Guide:

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And here’s the best part. Since even the best recyclers need products from time to time (glue, paint, tools, equipment), The Apartment Guide is giving away a $50 gift card to Home Depot. Simply leave a comment below with your favorite green tip, and I’ll pick a winner nexxt weekend!

Good luck!

~Angela :-)

This post is part of my Christmas Parade series of Christmas blog posts for 2012. To see the entire post schedule and all the linky parties and other fun, check out the Christmas Parade Welcome post.

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  1. We have the kids make special tree ornaments with fabrics and ribbons we have around the house.

  2. I liked this tip: White Vinegar and Lemon Juice. White vinegar and lemon juice are acidic, and useful for combating scale from hard water, dissolving gummy buildup, eating away tarnish and removing dirt from wood surfaces.

  3. Linden Townhouse says:

    Oh, I would love to have my name in the hat for this giveaway! My tip is very common, but it saves us a lot in electricity. I hang ALL our clothes. I have two smallish folding racks that I bought at IKEA, and I hang all the laundry for hubby and me on these. I do have to iron a few things now and then, and towels seem to take a while to dry, but we have low electric bills.

  4. My favorite green tip is recycling old Christmas cards and making garland or Christmas present tags.

  5. my fav green tip – just think about it – turn lights out – reduce/reuse/recycle. :))

  6. Bethanny Parker says:

    My favorite green tip is compost, compost, compost! It’s amazing how much less garbage you have when you’re putting everything that can possibly be composted into the compost bin. Try it! Your garden will thank you.

  7. My easiest green tip is to simply buy less stuff. You end up saving time, money, and our planet!

  8. We buy a cut tree every year and then turn it into mulch for our garden, or compost it to help combat the tannins from the oak trees in our yard.

    I feel better about having a new tree every year, a fake tree would require storage in my tiny home and there just isn’t room for it. And the off-gassing those plastics do could give us some terrible headaches!

  9. Ellen Casper says:

    I like to reuse wine bottles as flower vases or paint them for decoration.

  10. i like the tip about non-conventional ornaments like clip on earrings!

  11. Trying to use wrapping paper from paper bags instead of buying wrapping paper.

  12. Connie Keys says:

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

    I hang all my laundry to dry. It goes outside whenever the weather permits. Otherwise, I have several lines in my utility room and things get hung there. I’ve been doing this for my whole life before it was even popular to be green. My mom and grandma were good teachers!

  13. My best green tip is to use cloth for everything that you can rather than paper or plastic, including (but not limited to) using cloth versions of: grocery bags, diapers, napkins, kitchen towels menstrual pads, toilet paper. We don’t buy paper products and seriously the only time I miss not having something disposable around is when we have to check engine oil!

  14. I like to clean my apartment with nontoxic easy to make cleaners, like vinegar and water in order to keep my space free from added chemicals and safe for the kids 🙂

  15. Start a garden and use rainwater to water it. Also start a compost bin

  16. We recycle old milk jugs for plant containers, and make compost with all our veggie leftovers and coffee grounds!

  17. I make my own laundry detergent.
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  18. Kim Stewart says:

    One of my favorite green tips for winter is to make your own fire starters. Cardboard egg cartons, dryer lint and old candles. All things that would have gone to recycle or the landfill helping us to heat our home.