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19 Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas & Trends

Are you thinking about Christmas here in the heat of July? It’s hard to believe but we are already starting to plan Christmas Craft Ideas here at the farmhouse.

Sustainable Christmas is a big trend for 2022 and easy to make, budget and eco-friendly Christmas crafts will be front and center. I have gathered 19 craft ideas and trends to share with you today.

What is Sustainable Christmas Crafts?

What does sustainable mean and how do we relate it to Christmas Crafts? Sustainable has become a buzz word for not harming the environment in our consumption so that future generations will continue to enjoy the conveniences of a modern lifestyle. You may use the terms Eco-Friendly or green when discussing sustainability.

When I was thinking of Christmas Crafts that would fall into this category, I also thought of crafts made from nature and recycled goods.

Using natural greenery is also a big trend for 2022 and as long as you don’t cut a tree, it’s definitely sustainable. So here are some of the Christmas Craft Ideas that I consider sustainable.

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Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop. I’m so excited to share all my sustainable craft trends plus I’m joined by 23 of my favorite bloggers who are all sharing ideas to help you plan your holiday decorating for 2022.

You will see so much Christmas inspiration from farmhouse, modern, traditional and cottage style homes on todays blog hop.

If you are joining me from Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home, I’m so glad you stopped by. I know you enjoyed her Simple Christmas Decorating Tips. Be sure to click on each link listed at the end of this post to follow along on the Hop.

How to Use Dried Fruit and Fresh Herbs for Christmas Crafts

First, drying fruit is so easy and relatively inexpensive way to make lovely Christmas Crafts.

One of my favorite projects is this simple Dried Fruit and Herb Garland. It smells delicious and looks great in the kitchen window.

Farmhouse Style or cottage style Fresh Herb and Dried Fruit Christmas Craft Garland
Fresh Herb & Dried Orange Garland

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In addition, another Christmas Craft Idea is this Kissing Ball made from dried oranges, cedar and herbs.

Use herbs and fresh greenery for sustainable Christmas decoration that works both farmhouse and cottage style homes.

See more information on How to Dry Fruit for Christmas Projects.

Christmas Crafts with Fresh Cedar

We have an abundance of cedar trees on our property and making Christmas Crafts with fresh cedar is a Free project for the most part. Here are a few eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas projects.

The Secret to Make Fresh Cedar Garland

In this post I shared how to use fresh cedar for outdoor garland and tips on how to keep it from drooping as it is exposed to the outdoor elements.

Use foraged greenery to make garland and Christmas Wreaths for a sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas

How To Make DIY Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries

This may be one of my favorite eco-friendly Christmas craft ideas. These cute Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries are easy to make and look great on a table or mantel. You can even use recycled styrofoam to make this a 100% foraged and recycled DIY project.

Christmas Craft Idea using real cedar and dried oranges to make holiday topiaries and table decor
Fresh Cedar & Dried Orange Topiaries for sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas

How to Keep Real Greenery Fresh

Using fresh cut greenery is inexpensive and so easy to use for the holidays. Just fill your baskets and containers full and ta da!

However, once brought inside the house, the greenery will begin to dry quickly. Here are my tips for keeping everything looking fresh longer.

Fill a basket with fresh greenery for eco friendly holiday decor. Keep greenery looking fresh all Christmas long.
A basket of fresh cut boxwood

Christmas Tree with Dried Hydrangeas

Are your hydrangeas in full bloom right now? If so you may want to start collecting the blooms to dry for this stunning project.

I tried to save as many blooms as possible so that I could add them to my Christmas Tree last year. By combining the hydrangeas and thrifted shiny brites, the tree was decorated with sustainable and vintage materials.

Sustainable Christmas Tree Decorations using dried hydrangeas.  Eco-friendly and trendy decor
Sustainable Christmas Tree Decorated with Dried Hydrangeas & Vintage Shiny Brites and the felt Christmas Trees are made using foraged wood and sticks.

The previous year the tree was filled with vintage shiny brites for a simple vintage and recycled vibe.

Use vintage and thrift store decorations for Christmas Tree Decorating with antique shiny brights
Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree with Shiny Brite Ornaments inside a vintage antique zinc grape hod

Repurposed Old Christmas Decor

Here are several tips for repurposing your old Christmas decorations which is a great way to recycle and avoid purchasing new decor each year. These tips will help you to think outside the box when planning your 2022 Sustainable Recycled Christmas decorations.

Recycle previous years Christmas ornaments for an upcycled  Christmas Craft Idea
Old Thrift Store Christmas Wreath to be recycled

Sustainable Christmas Tree from Reclaimed Wood

The first Christmas in our new farmhouse, Brad gathered several pieces of old reclaimed shiplap and created this upcycled wooden tree. Although originally used only at Christmas, it has also been a great seasonal tree for the past several years.

We shared this tutorial on How To Build a Wood Christmas Tree.

Reclaimed wood makes a great sustainable and eco friendly Christmas Tree project
Reclaimed Shiplap Wood Tree decorated for Christmas

Paper Christmas Craft Ideas

Here are a few ideas for using paper to make Christmas Crafts.

These DIY Paper Christmas Trees are fun to use as ornaments or string a few together for a great garland. Make them from copy paper, construction paper or old magazine pages for a fun recycled project.

One of my favorite projects is this DIY Floral Coffee Filter Christmas Table Garland tutorial. It looks beautiful for the holidays, weddings, or showers.

Coffee Filter Floral Table Garland looks great for Christmas, Weddings, Showers, and on a mantel.
Coffee Filter Floral Garland for Table or Mantel

Another fun way to add paper decorations is these snowflakes made from paper bags. The details for this banister garland can be seen on Farm Christmas Garland.

Use paper to make sustainable Christmas Craft Decorations Snowflakes Christmas Garland for banister from paper bags.
Paper Bag Snowflakes and Gold Bell Garland for Banister

Foraged Christmas Decorations

It’s easy to forage pinecones to add to your sustainable Christmas decor and they are free. You can see how I added the faux snow effect with this easy tutorial. In addition, the detail for this Christmas Tablescape is available here

Forage supplies to make sustainable Christmas decor ideas.  Found pinecones with faux snow for Holiday Table Centerpiece

You may also want to check out How To Make This Easy Christmas Table Runner.

Easy table runner for Christmas and Valentines Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and more.
DIY Table Runner

Another foraged project are these felt Christmas Trees. The bases are made using twigs and fallen tree limbs.

Forage for supplies to make sustainable Christmas Crafts.  Felt trees with foraged sticks and tree branches.
Foraged Twigs & Tree Limbs make cute whimsical Christmas Trees using felt fabric.

Sustainable Fabric Scraps Christmas Craft Ideas

First, is a fun DIY Scrap Fabric Pillow Cover Christmas Craft Idea and holiday inspiration. The design possibilities are endless and you can see the details here.

use Scrap Fabric for Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas such as this scrap fabric pillow cover for Christmas
Scrap Fabric Christmas Tree Pillow Cover

This fun Christmas Table Throw is made using several small pieces of fabric.

Shop Thrift Stores for Christmas Craft Ideas

use Scrap Fabric for Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas such as the patchwork tables cloth.
Scrap Fabric Patchwork Table Throw or Table Cloth

Another fun and easy project is these Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments. This technique can be used on recycled or reclaimed wood for a fun eco-friendly ornament.

Handpainted ornaments for Christmas Craft ideas

When you shop thrift stores, you are recycling Christmas Decor and save it from landfills. There are so many great items that will make your home unique for the holidays. Some of my favorites are old Christmas Crafts such as needlework pieces. However, old wreaths can be repurposed and look brand new. I even find vintage shiny brite ornaments occasionally at the thrift store. So don’t dismiss this great budget friendly, money saving Christmas decoration option.

Shop Thrift Stores for Sustainable Recycled Christmas Crafts.  Unique Christmas Inspiration

I hope you enjoyed today’s Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas but don’t leave yet because up next is Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill with her Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Ideas.

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop. Be sure to click each link below to follow along on the hop for more Christmas Decorating Inspiration.

The Ponds Farmhouse / Cottage on Bunker Hill / Midwest Life & Style / Cottage in the Mitten / Down Shiloh Road / Bricks N Blooms

Simply 2 Moms / Shiplap & Shells / Peacock Ridge Farm / WM Design House / Thistle Key Lane / White Arrows Home

Pasha is Home / Tater Tots and Jello / Robyn’s French Nest / Chas Crazy Creations / DIY Beautify / Cloches & Lavender

The Crowned Goat / Common Ground / Life At Bella Terra / The Tattered Pew / Design Morsels / Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Thursday 17th of November 2022

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Kristin | White Arrows Home

Saturday 30th of July 2022

So many great ideas Rachel! I'm always so inspired by your DIYs!!


Monday 1st of August 2022

Kristin, I really appreciate this.

Nancy Brantley

Thursday 28th of July 2022

Your creativity is amazing. Love your new hair cut...


Friday 29th of July 2022

Nancy, I really appreciate this. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 28th of July 2022

I am always so amazed by all the DIY projects you create Rachel. And your Christmas crafts are just the best! I can't wait to try a few of these for the holiday season. Thank you for coordinating this lovely Christmas in July blog hop my friend.


Friday 29th of July 2022

Kim, I really appreciate this.


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

What amazing projects that you shared for Christmas. So many great ideas! Just love the dried fruit garland.


Friday 29th of July 2022

Tammy, I appreciate you sweet comment so much. Thanks for stopping by.