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Christmas Gift Upcycling – Bloomy Blog | Flower tips and more

Christmas Gift Upcycling - Bloomy Blog | Flower tips and more

We’ve been looking forward to it for so long – and then it’s all over after three days. We took time for the family, ate a lot and of course gave gifts and unwrapped …

And now it is likely that despite our week-long sermon “Better give flowers”, one or the other book or pair of socks were lying under the Christmas tree and the recipient is anything but enthusiastic. But we wouldn’t be Bloomy Days if we hadn’t already thought of a solution for such “mistaken gifts”: Upcycling!

We will show you how you can make great vases for your favorite Christmas present – flowers – from the beautiful (or not so beautiful) Christmas socks or from the selected books from last year.

Upcycling socks

For this you need:

  1. Socks
  2. narrow vases or glasses of different sizes
  3. if necessary ribbon for decoration
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That’s how it’s done:

Grab one or more pairs of socks and a couple of narrow vases or glasses. You simply put the socks over the vase, the protruding sock band can either be turned inside out, folded inside the vase or cut off.

Socks with a Christmas pattern are particularly beautiful, but single-colored socks can also be decorated with a bit of ribbon and then look like Santa’s coat, as we do with us.

Finally, arrange a few Christmas flowers (e.g. amaryllis, pine and eucalyptus) and then fill the vases with water.

Upcycling books

Now we come to the upcycling of read or never-read books.

For this you need:

  • Read or never read books with at least 500 pages (hardcover)
  • Test tubes or very narrow vases
  • cutter
  • pencil
  • a sheet of paper
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That’s how it’s done:

In the first step you separate the cover from the book pages with the cutter.

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After that there are two options.

The first variant: You fold all sides. To do this, fold both side corners to the middle on each side, so that a triangle is created. Then you fold the tip of the triangle towards the center of the book so that you get half a hexagon. Repeat for all book pages.

The second variant: You don’t fold the book pages, but cut them. To do this, you print or draw the shape of a vase on a piece of paper and cut it to size as a template. Now you put the template on the book pages, trace it and cut out the vase shape with the cutter and / or scissors.

No matter which option you have chosen, in the end every page should be in shape. Now you can open the book so that it becomes as round as a vase. You can stick the first and last pages of the book together with some sticky tape. So the book stays in its round shape.

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You can now put a test tube in the middle, where the spine of the book would actually be. You carefully fill this with water, arrange a few flowers and: tadaaaa … a vase!

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Use the nice and quiet time “between the years” and make unwanted Christmas presents.

If you have any other ideas for upcycling unwanted Christmas gifts, write them in the comments or link us on Instagram @ bloomydays.de.

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