Make festive decorations from rubbish
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.”