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Instructions for Our Upcycled DIY Holiday Decorations

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Behold, here’s how to make our favorite zero-waste DIY holiday decorations. 

DIY Holiday Decorations: Cardboard Gingerbread House

Cardboard Gingerbread House

  1. Print out template. Cut out shapes and use them to trace each shape twice on your Imperfect box. Use a utility knife or scissors to cut out shapes. 
  2. Use white paint or a white paint pen to decorate each side and each roof panel of the house. 
  3. Let dry and use a hot glue gun to assemble pieces together to form a house.

DIY Holiday Decorations: Rustic Dried Orange and Bayleaf Door Hanging

Rustic Dried Orange and Bayleaf Door Hanging

  1. Prep your bay leaves by carefully cutting slits in the middle of each leaf with a utility knife. 
  2. String a stack of 3-4 dried orange slices (store-bought or homemade*) onto a 12 inch long piece of twine, leaving a few inches of string on the bottom. String a stack of 9-10 bay leaves on top of the orange slices. 
  3. Repeat a few times and string a cinnamon stick on top. 
  4. Make a loop large enough to fit on a doorknob with the string on top of the cinnamon stick and hot glue the ends to the inside of the stick to secure. Finish your door hanging with a ribbon bow or a tassel (or both!) on each end of the hanging.

*If you plan on going full DIY on these holiday decorations and dry out your own orange slices, then be sure to slice your oranges thinly and line two baking sheets with greased parchment paper. Place slices on the pan three inches apart and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 200°F, rotating baking sheets periodically, until slices are dry, 2-2.5 hours. 

DIY Holiday Decorations: Cardboard Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Cardboard Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

  1. Use cookie cutters as stencils and trace shapes onto your Imperfect box. Cut out shapes using a utility knife or scissors. 
  2. Use white paint or a white paint pen to decorate your “gingerbread cookies.” 
  3. Let dry and glue a loop of string to the top of the ornaments.
DIY Holiday Decorations: Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornaments

Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornaments

  1. Glue together three cinnamon sticks with hot glue to form a snowflake. 
  2. Wrap some twine a couple times along the tops and bottom of the middle cinnamon stick and secure with hot glue. 
  3. Form a loop with twine and hot glue to the top of the snowflake.
DIY Holiday Decorations: Silver Link Chain Garland

Silver Link Chain Garland

  1. Using the silver insulated bag from your Imperfect order, cut out strips that are about 5 inches long and ½ inch wide.
  2. Use a hot glue gun or a stapler to connect the ends of one strip to form a circle. 
  3. Stick another strip through that circle and glue or staple the ends together to form another circle. 
  4. Repeat for remaining strips until you reach the length of chain you desire.


  • Mary Fencl
    November 27, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Sounds like fun to me.

    • Imperfect
      December 3, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      So fun! 🥰

  • Joyce kaiser
    December 3, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Can’t wait to try some of these suggestions. This Christmas isn’t filled with friends and children because of covid but I can craft for me and stash some items for next year. One can cut out the ginger bread house pieces for next year..decorated or not and send them to friends and family for this year or next. Anyway it will help maintain a festive feeling. I collect the thermal bags with no idea how I will use them. Now some can be sacrifices for a wreath decoration. Thanks.

    • Imperfect
      December 3, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      So awesome! We’re wishing you a safe, upcycled, and very merry holiday season 💚

  • MDH
    December 22, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Love that orange-bay leaf idea! Definitely going to try that. Thanks for the tip!

    • Imperfect
      December 23, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      Lettuce know once you try it out!


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