10 Upcycled Home Decor Projects for an Ecofriendly Festive Season

It’s that time of the year when we all start preparing our homes for festivals. While festivals are unmatched in the fervour and excitement they bring, they also raise environmental concerns such as pollution and waste disposal. So, if you don’t want your love for nature to mar your celebrations, why not take the eco-friendly route while you get your house all decked up for a fun-filled festive season?

Wondering how? We’ve got you covered! This year, give the festivals a green tinge by reusing everyday items in innovative ways to create beautiful products. They will brighten up your home and be good for the environment too!

1. Orange Peel Lamps


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Put orange peels to good use and turn them into temporary organic candles. With just a little bit of oil and a steady hand, you can have a lamp that gives off a beautiful citrus scent and a warm, natural glow that can brighten up any space. Other than orange peel lamps, you can also use seashell candles and coconut shell lamps to keep the festive flame alive!

Here’s how you can make one.

2. Refurbish with Old and Torn Sarees


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We all have that old or torn saree tucked inside our closet which we totally adore but won’t be using again. Reused creatively, vintage sarees can add a dash of traditional opulence to your home this festive season. From stunning cushion covers and curtains to brocade quilts and table spreads, they are a great way of giving a traditional touch to your home.

Get more ideas here.

3. Recycled CDs Lights and Lamps


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Have you noticed a growing amount of old music compilations, out of date software or even just faulty blank CDs stacking up in your home or  office? Breathe some new life into them again by giving these cool lighting projects a chance to return those used CDs and DVDs to their former glory.

Here are some great ideas.

4. Hanging Can Lamps


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Get inspired with this creative project that taps into the beauty of upcycled home decor. Use  unwanted cartons and cans from your kitchen to create these beautiful hanging tealight lamps.

Get the instructions here.

5. Plastic Bottle Candle Holder


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These DIY candle holders are a wonderful upcycle project made from plastic bottles. All you need is some supplies, time, and creative ideas to decorate them for any occasion or festival.

Here are some great ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

6. Reused Paper Torans


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Torans (also called buntings or bandanwaars) are usually placed at the entrance of a house to welcome the guests and set the festive mood. Traditionally the torans are created with mango leaves and flowers but you can also use recyclable materials such as cardboard, handmade paper, old ornaments, etc., to make vibrant and colourful torans.

Here are some ideas for DIY torans.

7. Tetra Pak Lanterns


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Create your own traditional lanterns by recycling tetrapak cartons. These low budget lanterns can be prepared by things that are already available in most homes. The best part? Sturdy, water-resistant and versatile, tetrapak lanterns can also be used outdoors!

Here’s how you can make one.

8. Newspaper Wall Hangings


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Newspaper are a recyclable supply most homes have in abundance. With a little effort, a bunch of newspapers can be transformed into a gorgeous wall hanging that is perfect for the festive season.

Here’s how you can make one.

9. Plastic Spoon Peacock


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This stunning peacock is made from plastic spoons and cotton swabs. It’s easy to make, looks spectacular and you will absolutely love to add this one to your DIY decor repertoire!

Here’s how you can make one.

10. Decorative Glass Bottles


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Glass bottles come in all different shapes, sizes and hues, and those diverse qualities make them such versatile objects when it comes to upcycling or repurposing. While adding pebbles or string lights to an empty glass bottle makes a great decoration piece on its own, painting bottles gives them a custom look that is tailored to your own taste and decor theme.

Here are some craft ideas that will inspire you to get more creative with your leftover glass bottles.

Also ReadGreen Living: 20 Ingenious Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles Instead of Trashing Them

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