A little effort goes a long way and your party guests will notice.

The holidays are often full of loved ones, parties and gifts. For your next party, try adding a little extra TLC to your list of things to do. Show that you care with some handmade decor with an eco-friendly spin on it. Here’s a few of our favorite DIY eco-friendly decor ideas for your next party:


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Plastic bag pom poms – If you’re hosting a holiday party this year and have no time to buy fancy decorations, try adding these simple string pom poms to liven up the food or drink area. Or, if you’re the gift-giver, save on the ribbons and add one of these as a gift topper. It’s basically free decor and all you need is plastic bags, scissors and a little string!


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Coffee can wine rack – I know Melbournians love their coffee, so most people shouldn’t have a problem pulling together empty coffee cans to create this homespun canister addition for your next party (you can also use tomato cans). You can neatly display your party wine and have your guests wondering how you were able to stack them like that. The cool thing is you can add more cans as your wine collection grows. 


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Cork trivet – And to go along with the wine rack, this is one of my favorites! I have always been baffled at the idea of keeping corks in a glass vase, I never really understood the point of it. For all my wine enthusiasts out there, don’t throw your corks away! There are still great things that you can do when the wine is gone. This great DIY project will not only add some personality to your party but it will also protect your tables from hot pans (you can even double up and use them as coasters).


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Plastic bottle party lights – If you’re looking for an extra touch of glow for your party, these bottles look great and definitely spark conversation. The best part about these party lights is they can go indoor or outdoor depending on the atmosphere, and you can keep them all year round.

So, when you’re planning your next party, think cost-effective and eco-friendly. At the end of the day, you’ll feel that you’ve really accomplished something, creating awesome decor with your bare hands while reducing your carbon footprint. Integrate doing good into your party planning and inspire your guests as well!

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