Recycled Holiday Wreath Roundup

3R Christmas Wreath Ideas

Vintage Ornament Wreath Shiny Brite

Vintage ornament wreath, Creative Commons License photo credit: georgiapeachez

We’ve all seen traditional pine wreaths adorned with bows and holly, so it’s time to explore other unique materials used in making wreaths. Hear are some great wreaths made with recycled materials.

Remember that most metal wires from wreaths are easily recycled. Spend some effort to reuse, compost and/or recycle all of the components of every wreath that you make or buy. After Christmas, remove noncompostable items and keep them for next year or put them in your recycling bin if they’re accepted. Remember that pine needles have a highly acidity, so keep that in mind for the nutrient balance in your compost heap.

Using recycled materials for your holiday wreaths or crafts is thrifty, fun, and reduces waste. You’ll be surprised at these creations!

Plastic Bags
Here’s a great way to make your own plastic bag holiday wreath.

Leaves
See how this is done with real leaves collected from outside by visiting Sarah Lipoff’s wreath tutorial.

Paper Wreaths
The wreaths pictured below are made from 100% recycled cardboard.

Recycled cardboard wreaths

For more recycled paper fun, learn how to make your own wreath out of newspaper.

Aluminum
Alice Lund provides directions for assembling her creative designs, as well as an eBook for recycled aluminum crafts at Aluminous Publishing. Find not only Christmas wreaths, but also ornaments.

Felt
This beautiful wreath from Creative Passage is made from circles of scrap felted wool.

Computer Parts
You’ve also got to see this wreath made from recycled computer parts.

Shampoo Bottle

Click on the image to view what you will need to make this project, and where to find more DIY goodness.

Beer Bottle Cap Christmas Wreath

Recycled Bottle Top Christmas Wreath

photo credit: Nan Palmero

Wine Bottle Cork Wreath

Recycled cork wreath
photo credit: Valerie Everett

Corn Husks
This recycled corn husk wreath is inspired by the creations of pioneer women in corn-growing states that used corn husks to create seasonal decorations when other materials were scarce.

Farmers Market Flowers and Wreaths
Support local farms by purchasing wreaths and seasonal flowers from farmers markets near you. When possible, select organically grown flowers. If you don’t have a market near you that sells local fare, find organically grown flowers and wreaths online at Organic Bouquet.

Bonus: Learn what one community did to incorporate the reduce, reuse and recycle message along with their wreath decorations.


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