Christmas ideas

Upcycled Christmas ideas #2

DIY Lego jewellery

Can you remember my Lego men magnets? As I had a few more Lego bricks at home I decided to turn them into jewellery. I discovered Lego jewellery a few years ago, absolutely loved it, but couldn’t understand how anyway would buy this as it’s so easy to make at home. On top of that everyone probably has some old Lego bricks at home. The handful of bricks I’ve got left wouldn’t really be enough to give them away in their original condition, so instead they became individual little treasures – DIY Lego hairclips and rings.

All you need for this is:

  • a couple of old Lego bricks
  • glue (This one is plant-based, free of chemicals and comes in a refillable glass bottle)
  • a blank ring and a blank hairclip

… and now: glue it and let it dry! That’s all it takes. In the meantime you can design a little gift box for your jewellery. I used an old cardboard soap container and glued scrap fabric around it.

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Upcycled Christmas ideas #1

DIY glass jar candle holders and pen holders

This year I’m skipping the queues in the shops – not only because it’s a real challenge to go Christmas shopping when you want to avoid plastic packaging, I also feel like there are so many beautiful things you can make out of trash. I am even starting to collect some of my friends’ and parents’ trash, as I’m kind of running out of it – big Christmas upcycling projects seem to require a lot of glass jars and tins. So here are my first two ideas: upcycled DIY glass jar candle holders and pen holders.

[SPOILER ALERT: As I mentioned in my last post, if you happen to be a family member or a friend you might want to stop reading here. If you don’t mind getting a rough idea what might end up under the tree for you, you’re more than welcome to continue reading though.]

I used beautiful Finnish marimekko fabric for the first two pieces which I got about a year ago (I don’t know if it’s still available). In a more sustainable approach I will use scrap fabric or maybe even old clothes next time. I don’t think it needs much explanation. Just cut the fabric and glue it to the glass jar and tins. Et voilà, the first Christmas presents are done:

DIY candle light holders

candle light holder