If there’s one time of year when completely altering the interior décor of your home to include blinking white lights, live shrubbery, chintzy ornaments and bedazzled hosiery, it’s now
. The holidays are an excuse for even the most austere interior decorators to let their hair down and submit to blow-up reindeer lawn ornaments and Department 56 Christmas villages
. Needless to say, some of us get really
The holidays are also a great, if not the best, time to embark on DIY decorating projects
that make use of recycled materials while circumventing the buy, buy, buy
holiday mentality. But for the non-crafty who do want to buy, buy, buy
, eco-ornamentation should also be an option. So, in the spirit of giving, I’ve wrangled up 10 eco-friendly, non-DIY holiday décor items — some made from recycled materials, some solar powered, some living
— that will make your abode a bit more holly-er and jollier this season.
These star-shaped charmers are handmade in Portugal from recycled milk cartons. Available with green or red ribbon.
Celebrate the festival of low-impact lights with this LED menorah made from recycled computer motherboards.
FilzFelt Zyklus Ornament Set @ FilzFelt
($9.75/set of 2)
Available in an array of colors, these 100 percent wool felt bike ornaments are ideal for any bike-friendly household.
This assemble-it-yourself recycled cardboard tree from the folks at Cardboard Safari can be customized with whatever trimmings you fancy.
Amenity's printed-and-sewn-in-L.A. christmas ornaments are made with an organic cotton/hemp blend and filled with stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles. Available in three colors.
Handmade by a rural cooperative in Guatemala, these winged beauties are fashioned from recycled aluminum soda cans and caps.
Christmas Tree in a Can @ Elsewares ($9.95)
A festive alternative to indoor houseplants, the seeds of this mini Norway Spruce will begin to sprout within 2 to 3 weeks with proper TLC.
I betcha Clark Griswold didn't have an 18-inch tall, solar powered light-up penguin in his front yard...
Metalsmith Boris Bally's unique wreath is made from retired aluminum traffic signs. Red, Orange, Blue, and Yellow are available upon special request.
Give your mantle a humanitarian sheen with these stockings made from recycled burlap tea and coffee sacks. They're handmade by artisans in Guatemala.