A Repurposed Christmas

A Repurposed Christmas
One of my fondest memories as a child was making our own garland for the Christmas tree. The garlands usually had a limited shelf life as we’d use real food items like cranberries, or popcorn. We also made seed balls and pinecone ornaments and hang them in the trees (outdoors and indoors). Although I’m not super excited about using perishables on my tree these days, I do enjoy re-purposing items into decor.

Wine corks are plentiful in this household, so making cork ornaments is fun and easy craft. They make great gifts as well. This year I wanted to attempt to make a cork garland, but I know I’ll need hands of steel to bust a thick needle through the material. Stay tuned for that project.

I also love decorating with things that had previous lives and have now been repurposed into new and unique items. This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a clever ornament made from recycled waste shells crafted by the EcoSeaTile company in Maine. The glossy glass ball has a combination of mussel and lobster shell affixed on the inside giving it a beautiful, almost jewel-like appearance with purples, reds and oranges. The EcoSeaTile.com company also creates other pretty gift products with blue and green abalone, scallop, mother-of-pearl, and clam.  Not only do these ornaments make great gifts for any coastal dweller or beach lover, but it’s so refreshing to see companies still making creative things here in the United States with our own sustainable natural (and beautiful) resources. Check out their website and fall in love with the sea inside your home! The lobster shell ornaments/products are also a fun idea for foodies who can’t get enough lobster!

 

* I received the EcoSeaTile ornament sample in exchange for an honest review. 


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