As another Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to get creative with how we manage our waste over the festive period. Here at the Ecard Mint headquarters, we fancy ourselves pretty knowledgable when it comes to all things Christmas so we have put together a list of our favourite Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor for a greener, more sustainable Christmas.
1.Dried Orange Decorations | A Timeless Christmas Classic – 6 Hours including Cooking!
What you will need to make this zesty decoration.
1 Orange (Per Decoration)
A handful of Cinnamon sticks
A cup of Cloves
First, you will slice your orange into pieces that are about half a centimetre thick. Please remember the thinner the slice, the quicker the drying time will be.
Next, take your skewer or any kind of stick and create a hole right at the top of the slice. Remember you have to thread your string through the hole so make sure it’s big enough!
Next, put the orange slice with a hole directly onto the metal rack rather than a baking tray. Put the oven at 60* for up to five hours. Once they are fully dried out, leave them overnight for good measure.
Now to time to decorate. Push the cloves into the slice in a decorative fashion around the edges of the slice.
Thread the string. tie a knot. Then repeat on each one to change the length of the garland. Add some cinnamon sticks in between the slices to finish!
The National Trust has made a super easy to follow video on this – <a href=”http://nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-make-scented-orange-slice-tree-decorations”>watch here</a>.
2. DIY Wrapping Paper | Think Reusable – 1 Hour including wrapping!
Wrap your Christmas presents the eco-friendly way this year.
Bows and ribbons can make your Christmas gifts look glorious, but concerns are growing that these Christmas trimmings could be harming the planet. This concern is so great that when Hobbycraft released their Christmas craft trends for 2019 they reported a rise in eco-conscious craft makers seeking out materials to make homemade Christmas gift-wrap and tags.
You will be surprised by how much alternative wrapping paper is just sitting around the house, below we have listed some of Ecard Mint’s favourite eco-friendly wrapping paper solutions!
Maps from old magazines, leaflets from past museums and attractions or just an out of date A-Z Roadmap could be used… Plus the older they are, they will have that vintage look that it’s so popular today.
Fabric – That’s right old pieces of fabric, they are easy to customize – use a furoshiki-style knot to fasten it for something a bit fancier.
Free and easy, ask your local store for some older editions or even Foreign language newspapers and comic sections for something a little different.
Consider wrapping your gifts with reusable wrapping materials and decorate them with a spring of holly instead of using throwaway tags and ribbons.
3. Make your own Advent Calander
Fill it with anything you like, from Teabags or Chocolate here’s how to make your very own, reusable Awesome Advent Calander!
Now you will need a fair few things to create this, and the awesome Prima have rounded it up in a rather easy article.
Plain fabric or linen
3 Different Coloured threads
Hardboard (60cm x 70cm)
Needle and pins
Follow the instructions <a href=”https://www.prima.co.uk/craft/sewing/how-to/a36517/make-your-own-advent-calendar”>here</a>
4. Eco-friendly Gits.
After searching the interwebs for this years top eco-friendly Christmas gifts we found the guys over at <a href=”http://friendsoftheearth.uk”>Friends of the Earth</a> have made a rather nice Christmas package with a Christmas Bee Saver Kit, which includes Wrapping Paper, Flower Seeds, Diary and Posters.
Find the Christmas Bee Saver Kit <a href=”https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/donate-save-britains-bees-get-your-bee-saver-kit-today?source=FN1609005″>here.</a>
5. SEND ECARDS RATHER THAN PAPER CARDS!
Do something good with and save on paper, carbon while sending something unique, we have animated Christmas ecards for all occasions this Christmas, funny Christmas ecards and also Christmas Ecards for businesses.
So Say Hello with Ecard Mint this Christmas, happy holidays from everyone here at Ecard Mint headquarters.
We have created more vintage and retro static Christmas Ecard designs for Christmas 2019. The holiday season is all about nostalgia and tradition, so these new Christmas Ecards are sure to be well received.
Seasons Greetings Vintage Ecard
Holly Jolly Christmas Ecard
Red Bird Christmas Ecard
Browse through the 120 different Email cards in our static Christmas Ecard category to select the perfect design for your family and friends, work colleagues or customers.
The creative souls at Ecard Mint have devised some fiendishly different halloween Ecards for you to send this week. Why not make the most of our free Halloween Ecards to send spooky witches, cheeky pumpkins and a whole host of vampires, skulls and ghosts.
Day of the dead skull Halloween Ecard
Sick pumpkin Halloween Ecard
Candy Halloween Ecard
The animation for these Halloween Ecards has been created using cut out paper and card and animated stop frame under a camera, whereas most of our other Ecards have been made digitally in Adobe Flash, or still image Halloween Ecards.
Birthday season is upon us, for those lucky enough to have a summer birthday you’ll no doubt be planning a perfect party already. With the season of sunbathing fast upon us, there’s isn’t much time to get your gathering in order.
While we can’t shield you from sunburn, we can definitely help you celebrate that all-important shindig – from Email Invites to Birthday Ecards, we’ve got your birthday greetings sorted. Our new range of Birthday Ecard GIFs are very versatile, as they are animated but can be embedded and displayed right in the emails sent by our system, no need to click on a link like our fully animated Ecards.
So sit back and relax – it’s time to dig out those shades, plaster on the sun cream and get celebrating!
It with heavy hearts with announcing the closure of sister site Katie’s Cards. Katie’s cards was our first endeavour into the Email and Communications world. The site launched back in 2004 with the simple goal to deliver awesome animated communications between friends and family.
Since then, we have sent over a whopping 1,000,000 Emails out to over 100+ countries across the world. This is something we are hugely proud of and used our experiences to build on when creating Ecard Mint. We are confident that Ecard Mint will deliver the same solutions to Katie’s Cards members, and we have improved on our service when in Early 2019 we made over 700+ Ecard available to send for free.
We want to thank you for being part of Katie’s Cards! We hope to see you again.
Katie’s Cards will close it’s digital doors July 30th 2019.
Well if you didn’t already know, we are big fans of GIPHY and have been putting in the time to contribute to the platform. If you don’t know what GIPHY is, well where have you been? GIPHY is the number one GIF sharing platform on the interwebs, first started back in 2014 GIPHY has now become the go-to for peoples GIFing needs – Including ours.
We have been uploading stories to our page and hundreds of GIFs over the last year and I’m happy to report we have now hit over the 600 Million mark for views of our GIFs, so much so if you type in Happy Birthday into facebook messenger (powered by GIPHY) you will see one of our Birthday Ecards at the top.
With all the success of our GIFs, we are asking you to email [email protected] with your favorite GIF to be entered in to win a 1 Year Silver Membership. That’s right just send us your favorite GIF and you could be a winner, no theme – as random as you like.