By Beth Buczynski on November 28, 2011

Show off your reuse skills with these fun recycled Thanksgiving crafts.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means fake snow and nonstop Christmas carols are quickly becoming part of our everyday reality.

I’m a firm believe that you shouldn’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, so here are some creative ideas for recycled decorations that celebrate abundance and a spirit of thankfulness for blessings great and small.

pumpkins recycled books

Recycled book pumpkins

All books, as long as they’re still readable, should be donated to a library or school where they can continue to be used. But occasionally, a book will be water damaged or so dog-eared that it can’t be shared in this way. In these cases, I can’t think of a more adorable way to recycle them than by making these whimsical paper pumpkins by Crafting Mom. Once the cutting is done, this is a great craft for all the little cousins, nieces and nephews that appear over the holidays as well!

Junk mail turkey place cards

Speaking of extended family, the biggest challenge of any Thanksgiving holiday is finding a table big enough to fit them all. Keep the chaos to a minimum with these delightful turkey place cards made with junk mail and recycled cereal boxes.

Upcycled autumn buntings and garlands

Bunting and garland are arguably some of the most versatile holiday decorations. Use them to bring the Thanksgiving spirit to porch railings, staircases, fences, mailboxes, mantels, lampposts and more. Check out Crafting a Green World’s guide to not one, but five different upcycled garlands you can make yourself.

Got an idea for a recycled Thanksgiving decoration? Share it in a comment!

About the author

Beth Buczynski is a freelance copywriter and environmental journalist in the Rocky Mountain West. She specializes in providing online content and community management services for businesses that want to have a positive impact on our world.

So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. She holds an M.S. in Public Communication and Technology from Colorado State University, with a concentration in environmental communication. Beth is the founder of EcoSphericBlog, the editor of CrispGreen, and a contributing writer for Care2. Stay in touch with Beth on Twitter.


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