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Green Holiday DIY Gifts

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Still have not done your holiday shopping? With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, these DIY gifts will not only save your wallet but will also help the environment—all by giving a gift of homemade love.

DIY Christmas Cork Tree

For this festive holiday décor, all you need to do is have over a friends and drink a few bottles of wine. For these Christmas trees, you need wine corks, hot glue, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, twine, string, or ribbon. To obtain the basic Christmas tree shape, you will build a pyramid with the corks. Depending on the size you desire, you will use hot glue to hold corks together. For the stem of the tree, cut either your paper towel or toilet paper roll to a height you want. Wrap either twine, string, or ribbon around this base. For the base level, you will hot glue the corks to the roll. If desired, you can use glitter, paint, dye, bows, and a star for the top of the tree.

DIY T-shirt Scarf

Unearth those old t-shirts that you were planning on donating, and use them instead on your friends and family for this holiday season. Most importantly the creation of this scarf requires no sewing, just an old, plain t-shirt, scissors, and some type of measuring device, ruler, tape measure. Cut off the top part of the t-shirt, right below where the sleeves are located. Then, cut horizontally in 1 inch to 2 inches sections until the section just before the end of the t-shirt. You will want this strip to be thinner by about half (so ½ inch if you cut the rest of the strips at 1 inch; 1 inch if you cut the rest of the strips at 2 inches). Once you have your strips, you want to pull on them to elongate the fabric for about five minutes per strip. After you have done that, place all strips together besides the thinner strip. The thinner strip will be your thread. You will tie a knot that ties the rest of the strips together by looping this “thread” around the strip pieces in a consolidated section. Then, ta-da, you will you have a wonderful gift to give.

DIY Light Bulb Vase

The perfect Secret Santa gift. You will need wire, pliers, and an old, incandescent light bulb. Before the transformation process occurs, you will need to remove the metal cap on the end of the light bulb, and pry out the wire inside the glass. Be very careful—as you are dealing with glass! You will need a tool, such as a screw driver, to carefully break the stem and pry out the wiring that is attached to the inside. Then, attach wire to the outside of the light bulb to hang up. For the holiday season, deliver this gift with a sprig of holly.

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