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Have a Very Merry Cardboard Christmas

Just because it’s the silly season, doesn’t mean it’s a good excuse to throw all care for the planet out the window.  We’ve all heard the horror stories about the amount of plastic waste filling up our beautiful oceans and waterways. And, as the shops fill up with even more plastic toys, games and trinkets to fill the christmas stockings, there’s no time like the present to look for alternative ways to celebrate Christmas while protecting the environment. 

 Christmas is such a magical time and no child should miss out on all the wonder the festive season provides.  As a mother I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the cardboard boxes toys are packaged in can provide hours and hours of stimulation. The list of uses are endless, one cardboard box can be turned into a racing car, a cubby house, a workbench, a spaceship and so on. With this in mind, how about having a cardboard Christmas? 

O’ Christmas Tree 

In the Design Museum London’s public atrium stands the ‘world’s tallest’ cardboard Christmas tree designed by Giles Miller. At 20 feet the tree has approximately 3,600 individually-cut, handmade cardboard pieces, which swirl around the trunk of the tree. However, due to popular demand the smaller versions seem to have sold out in the lead-up to Christmas. But, you can find clever cardboard christmas trees at Not on the High Street, and Cardboard Safari have hunted down a cool little cardboard number to get you in the spirit. 

Cardboard playtime 

Ignite your child’s imagination with a Paperpod rocket. Your little astronaut will be able to decorate the rocket before blasting off in to outer space - hours of fun to be had. Not on the High Street have a wide range of eco toys made from cardboard; from castles to teepees and cool aeroplanes for whizzing around in. The toys are environmentally friendly, recycled corrugated cardboard, designed and manufactured in the UK. They can also be folded flat for easy storage when not in use. Perfect!

Star Light Star Bright 

A really nice way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit is to get crafty with cardboard and make all your christmas decorations. There are many different craft sites on the Internet which give you step by step guides to making decorations.  Homelife has instructions on how to create a beautiful cardboard star to top your tree off, which will also become a lovely nostalgic item to add to the tree year after year. 

Cardboard Safari 

This is definitely one for my wishlist, a Cardboard Safari. And what better way than to gift someone with one of these little conservation reminders to wake up to everyday; A full bodied Rhino model or a  Deer’s head. They are simply stunning gift ideas and Cardboard Safari’s motto says it all: create conserve be clever. Each product is made with environmentally friendly, recycled cardboard. 

Pull up a Christmas pew 

There are even cardboard seats to get comfy in over Christmas. Here’s a cardboard VW camper bench I came across recently at an exhibition,  it’s made by VWHeritage and is a cool invention made from recycled cardboard. Unfortunately these are not on sale for Christmas, but it shows you what can be done with some time and lots of imagination.  But you can purchase an adult and child’s chair for cardboard lovers to cozy up to around the fire, which can be painted and decorated in the colour palette of your choice.