Hold on to old magazines and colorful recycled papers to create these fun, child-friendly Christmas tree ornaments.
Look out for wallpaper samples, pages from magazines and various old wrapping papers, and recycle the cardboard from items such as tea and cereal boxes to use as the backing material for each decoration. It's worth making your own tree decorations, as bought decorations are often chemically treated or made from non-biodegradable substances.
Place the template on the piece of paper and draw around it. Cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the same size as the piece of paper.
Glue the piece of recycled cardboard onto the back of the paper and leave to one side for a while for the glue to dry completely.
Cut out the paper shape neatly with scissors. Trim the shape if necessary so that no pen or pencil marks are showing.
Thread both ends of the string through a bead or button to create a loop. Glue the string loop to the back of the card and allow to dry.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008