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5 Ideas for Zero-Waste Holiday Decorations

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Do you love the festive energy of the holidays but don’t love all the waste? ‘Tis the season to waste less, so our team of Eco-friendly Elves put together a collection of fun DIY holiday decorations you can make by upcycling things you probably already have. We’ve also got your back with detailed instructions on how to make each one at home.

cardboard gingerbread house

Cardboard Gingerbread House

If you’re looking for a creative new use for your old Imperfect boxes this holiday season, a cardboard gingerbread house is the perfect project for you. Not only is it easier to make than a traditional gingerbread house, but it’s also a great way to get children involved in eco-friendly decorating that sparks their creativity and teaches a fun lesson about reusing things. To be clear, we also think you should still make a classic gingerbread house. Our gingerbread folk still need a place to live, after all. 

Dried orange and leaf holiday decoration

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Rustic Dried Orange and Bayleaf Door Hanging

What if your festive decorations also made your house smell amazing? This classic decorative door hanging is a fun and fragrant way to combine common ingredients like bay leaves and dried citrus into something unexpected and charming. 

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Cardboard Christmas Ornaments

Cardboard Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Why buy Christmas ornaments when you can get crafty and make your own? It’s a fun way to reuse your Imperfect box and doubles as an art project the whole family can put their creative flair into. Homemade ornaments let you personalize your decorations, keep money in your pocket, and keep waste out of the landfill. It’s a delightful win-win. 

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edible ornaments

Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornaments

Who says your ornaments can’t make your tree smell wonderful, too?  If that sounds appealingly aromatic to you, try making a spice decoration like these easy cinnamon ornaments. If your spice drawer is as inundated with cloves as ours are, you could also try making a pomander, which never fails to fill a space with fragrant festive flair. 

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Homemade garland

Silver Link Chain Garland

We don’t believe in leaving anything out of the mix when it comes to holiday upcycling, and that includes the insulated liner that we use to pack your refrigerated items. This garland is a nifty way to transform these unassuming liners into a one-of-a-kind decoration that just might make Greta Thunberg nod her head in seasonal satisfaction. Who knew reuse could look so stylish? 

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Be sure to check out our full instructions page to learn how to make each one of these fun DIY holiday decorations with your family and friends this holiday season.


  • Therese
    December 1, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Love the ornaments! Will be making them with my grandchildren!

    • Imperfect
      December 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      So fun! We love the holidays with family 💚

  • Lisa Appel
    December 1, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    We donate the ice packs and silver food bags to our local food pantry. Families use to keep their meat and produce chilly during weekly pick ups. Refrigeration is an issue for some families, so they help. Thank you for inspiring reusing and repurposing items 🙂

    • Imperfect
      December 3, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      This is so thoughtful! Love when community helps community 💚

  • Cheryl Epperson
    December 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Love that you will take the boxes back. How do we ask for them to be picked up. ?

    • Imperfect
      December 23, 2020 at 11:16 pm

      Currently we are not taking our boxes back due to COVID. We’ll be happy to let everybody know once we start that back up again! In the meantime, check out how to properly dispose of all of our packaging here:


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