Every year we produce about 3% more waste than the year before. This might not sound like much but, if we carry on at this rate, it means that we will double the amount of waste we produce every 25 years. So we urge you to come and help Santa reduce waste this Christmas by making your own Christmas presents, cards and wrapping paper, to take home ready for gifting. Our workshops are fun, free and fabulous. We look forward seeing you there.
In our ‘Wrapping up’ workshop, we
will re-use newspaper by over print- ing it with christmassy images, using potato cut stamps and non toxic
paint. Take your potato stamp home
to continue your good work.
Each Christmas as much as 83
square kilometers of wrapping paper
ends up in UK rubbish bins, enough
to cover an area larger than Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.
From as far back as I remember, at
the beginning of December each
year, my mother would get us all
folding up newspaper and cutting
Christmas themed ‘lace’ patterns
into them. We would Sellotape them
vertically from the ceiling. It would
transform the house into a Christmassy wonderland.
Paper and card make up about a
fifth of the typical household dust- bin.
About half of this consists of newspapers and magazines.
....and not forgetting that we all love
to wear a crown....
With the popularity of smashed avocado sandwiches comes an endless supply of pips. Our Pips & Cuttings workshops will teach you how to use these pips to grow your own avocado tree in a jar & how to grow plants from cuttings.
Don’t kill a tree this Christmas.....
plant one! Re-use old tin food cans
to pot, decorate and make into a
....or get practical and paint a pot
with chalk board paint so you can
write a special message on it .... or
simply write ‘what’s in the pot’
Make Christmas cards & gift tags
from reclaimed box card, potato
stamps, non toxic paint, hemp string,
scrap fabrics, yarn, paper etc.
It has been estimated that up to 80%
of the contents of our dustbins could
be easily recycled.
Use foraged pinecones, acorns , drift wood, twigs & foliage to create waste free Christmas decorations. The average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to a total of 31 million tonnes per year, equivalent to the weight of three and a half million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two and a half times.
Personalise hessian sacks and stockings made from re-claim fabrics, trims, haberdashery & other bits and bobs...so Santa knows who’s who.
Re-use jars and bottles by turning
them into fabulous Christmas presents. JARRING FACT:
It is not known how long glass takes to
break down, but it is so long that glass
made in the Middle East over 3,000
years ago can still be found today.
....or decorate a bottle to give it a new life as a vase or diffuser.
Personalise a jam jar keep cup by decorating it with porceleine pens or knitting it a cardigan from hemp string, to protect your hands when you drink hot beverages.
Building materials from construction sites are often over ordered by as much as 10% & the excess is thrown away. Rescue tiles from the dump by decorating them. Turn them into beautiful coasters. Cook your coasters for 25 minutes and they will be sealed for life.
....or decorate wood off-cuts
and turn them into Chrismas
....or why not decorate a brick. As
each of my children headed off to
university, I packed them a fabric
covered brick to prop open the door
in their ‘halls.’ That meant ‘passers
by’ felt welcome to introduce themselves,making the first weeks more
bearable. Now those passers by are
You can paint a brick or cover it in
scrap fabric. Turn it into a bookend
or a doorstop. You can create the
ultimate practical present. A real
Re-work odd or holey socks into
cute monsters to adore or gift.
Make bean bags from scrap fabrics
and practise juggling. Be ambitious
and expect to juggle up to 3 at once.
Bean bags also make great markers
for all kinds of games.
Lavender filled eye pillows are the ultimate luxury. Anyone who suffers from insomnia will love you forever if you make them one of these. The mix of the lavender scent and the wieght of the pillow on the eyes will have anyone nodding off in no time at all. Originally designed for use in yoga, there is no gift more relaxing.