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DIY Fun This Festive Season

Date: 15-Dec-09

Christmas Craft © Amy Nancarrow

Get the kids involved in making some crafty treats for the tree, table or gifts these Christmas holidays. There are lots of ways to re-use items that we have on hand, making crafts and decorations economically. By re-using items, we also reduce emissions, energy consumption and the resources that go into manufacturing something new.

Download a range of craft and decoration activities from FestiveRecycling.PlanetArk.org/kids-pages/crafts.cfm. To get you started, we've described the Home-Made Christmas Bon Bons below.

Win An Enviro Craft Prize Pack

Win one of ten Enviro Craft Prize Packs containing a range of stationery items made from recycled or renewable materials. The Pilot BegreeN range is made with a minimum of 70% recycled materials reclaimed from manufacturing.* The Kleanearth scissor handles are made from recycled material and the Enviro Tape is made from renewable resources.

Each prize pack is valued at $60 and contains 10 Pilot BegreeN pens, a selection of 10 rolls of Enviro Tape and 3 pairs of scissors.

To enter: email us at awarenews@planetark.org and tell us the name of your favourite recycled Christmas craft from the booklets or one of your own. Please include your mailing address. Australian residents only are eligible to enter. Winners will be selected and notified by email on 21 December 2009.

Home-Made Christmas Bon Bons

Get the kids to collect clean cardboard toilet rolls in the weeks leading up to Christmas - these are the basis of your bon bons.

  • For the outside wrap, re-use comics from the newspaper, old posters or colourful pamphlets, or kids' artwork.
  • Simply fill the toilet rolls with sweets, chocolates or trinkets, wrap them and secure with tape, then tie the ends with ribbons or raffia.
  • Voila - home-made bon bons!

For a special suprise, put a small treat or gift voucher inside one of the bon bons, and your guests can take a lucky dip in selecting their bon bons.

*All Pilot BegreeN percentages are calculated excluding replaceable parts such as refills, cartridges, ink and leads.

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