Make fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions from rub­bish

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU -

AN­GLE­SEY Coun­cil is get­ting crafty this Christ­mas with rub­bish. Christ­mas is here and it’s been a good time to think about fes­tive trim­mings. The Coun­cil’s Waste Man­age­ment Sec­tion has been vis­it­ing schools with crafty ideas on how to make fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions with a dif­fer­ence. They cost noth­ing and are made of rub­bish.

Christ­mas can be ex­pen­sive, but when it comes to fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions it doesn’t have to be. An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s waste Man­age­ment sec­tion is show­ing peo­ple how to make at­trac­tive Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions from ma­te­ri­als they have around the house that you might nor­mally throw away.

“You can put old pa­per and card to good use be­fore you re­cy­cle it by us­ing it to make dec­o­ra­tions that look very pro­fes­sional and are also fun to make with all the fam­ily,” said Elin Jones, An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s Se­nior Waste Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer. The Coun­cil’s Waste Man­age­ment Sec­tion has been vis­it­ing Schools at their Christ­mas Fairs to show chil­dren how to make dec­o­ra­tions. The most popular is a Santa that can hang on the tree with treats inside.

To make a Santa dec­o­ra­tion you will need the card­board roll of­ten found inside a toi­let roll, some red pa­per, a ball of cot­ton wool, a black felt tip pen, white pa­per and glue. Sim­ply cover the out­side of the card­board roll with red pa­per and stick it down. Press the top of the roll to­gether to make legs and fold the ends out to cre­ate feet. Fold the other end to­gether to make a pointed Santa hat. Cut out a tri­an­gle of white pa­per to form a face and beard and stick this half­way down the front of the roll.

“Now you have the ba­sic Santa struc­ture, fin­ish the dec­o­ra­tion with a cot­ton wool ball on the top to fin­ish the hat. Draw in a face, arms, boots and a belt to com­plete the look. Fi­nally don’t for­get to put some treats inside and put it in your tree. You could also glue a loop of rib­bon to the top of the hat if you want to hang it up,” sug­gests Elin.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Dew, Port­fo­lio Holder for Waste Man­age­ment, said: “Each year we re­cy­cle 3,500 tonnes of pa­per and card, so this is a great way of mak­ing some­thing out of old card and pa­per know­ing that you can re­cy­cle it when you take your dec­o­ra­tions down. I hope ev­ery­one en­joys mak­ing th­ese great dec­o­ra­tions and on be­half of the Coun­cil’s Waste Man­age­ment Sec­tion wish you a very Merry Christ­mas.”

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