Eco-Embellishments - An Upcyclers Guide to Decorations!

Eco-Embellishments - An Upcyclers Guide to Decorations!

Nudnik co-founder, Alexandra, gives us tips on decorating this holiday season using odds and sods you can simply find around your home!

Hi Nudniks!

Let’s talk decorations for a minute! Who doesn’t absolutely love walking into a space so perfectly adorned with festive wreaths, glowing trees, shimmering ornaments and lovingly swirled garland?! Its magical really; cozy and welcoming and bound to provoke a warmth in even the scroogiest of scrooge hearts!

The thing is, according to statistics, us Canadians will have spent close to a whopping 5 BILLION on Christmas decorations this year! That’s a whole lot of decorations we know aren’t recyclable, and likely to end up in landfill, lost or broken before next year rolls around.

Of course, there are the sentimental ornaments adopted each year. Time capsules of sorts that become part of your décor for years to come! Cherish those, and encourage your family members to only purchase pieces that will stand the test of time vs ones that will only last a season.

Alternatively, there are so many fun crafts and decoration ideas you can make yourself, right at home! With things you already have around the house!

Growing up in the country, we always had two trees. One was a perfectly plump fir we’d spot while sipping hot apple cider on tractor rides at our local tree farm, and the other, we’d scour the fields of our farm for. This one was my favorite. Always a ‘Charlie Brown’ sort. Sparse, with that imperfectly perfect charm. This is the one we’d string with cranberries and popcorn and all our home-made ornaments.

So, this year, I continued that tradition with my own funny looking little tree I found in Parkdale:

Here are a few decoration ideas I used to upcycle some things I had already around the condo!

Orange & Clove Pomanders

Homemade Garlands


Origami Birds

Fabric Bows

Newspaper Ornaments 

Salt Dough Ornaments 

We’d love to see what you create! Share with us at @littlenudniks! Good luck!

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