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Old Styrofoam packing peanuts = new garland for City of Houston’s “Holiday Trees: Artistically Upcycled” exhibit.

Old Styrofoam packing peanuts = new garland for City of Houston’s “Holiday Trees: Artistically Upcycled” exhibit.

unconsumption:

Have you wrapped gifts in cloth, perhaps in scarves or other fabric items that are reusable? (It’s like giving the recipient a second gift!)

For some beautiful cloth-wrapping ideas, watch this how-to video demonstrating several furoshiki wrapping variations. 

For other furoshiki folding patterns, check out the diagram in the Unconsumption archive post here.

[The video (by RecycleNow) also may be viewed here. Thanks, Green Thing — another great find!]

File under: Things I love.

How-to: Make a “paper tree” in five easy steps

This project was inspired by two things: 1.) A neat “printed paper pine” item from Anthropologie, and 2.) my discovery, in the attic of my parents’ house, of an assortment of vintage sheet music — mainly trumpet and saxophone parts from the 1950s-1970s (that hadn’t been touched since the 1970s) when my father played in a band. 

Materials needed:

  • One chopstick
  • Something into which the chopstick can be anchored, like a scrap piece of wood, so the stick stands vertically (I upcycled an old plastic reel-to-reel tape spool as a base)
  • Several pages of printed sheet music, pages from a discarded book (or book you’ll no longer read), old holiday cards, or pages from magazines or catalogs
  • A piece of cardboard, roughly 1.5’x2’ in size 

Tools: 

  • Pinking shears, or something else that provides a decorative edge
  • Scissors
  • An ice pick, or other hole-punching device
  • Optional: Glue, small nail, hammer

Estimated time for completion: 

  • A couple of hours, though you probably can multi-task (read blogs, like I did, or watch TV) while working. 

Steps:

  1. Using pinking shears, or another cutting tool, cut the music (or other paper pieces) into squares. I cut my largest square approximately 5” x 5”, and smallest 1” x 1”. As I went along, I didn’t measure the pieces, but estimated the size based on that of the squares I’d just cut. For one tree, I used 40 paper squares. 
  2. Next, use scissors to cut the cardboard into small squares to add as spacers between the paper squares. The cardboard squares should be considerably smaller than the paper squares — that’ll help make the cardboard less visible. (I used a piece of recycled cardboard that held a case of cat food — it’s thinner and less rigid than some cardboard which made it easier to cut, I think.) Cut out the same number of cardboard squares as you have paper squares. 
  3. Poke holes in the center of the paper and cardboard squares. With an ice pick, I was able to punch holes through several squares at the same time. (Your mileage may vary.)
  4. Next, place your chopstick in whatever object you have handy to use as a base. You may want to nail or glue the chopstick into/onto your object. (I didn’t need to — my chopstick fits pretty snugly into my base.) 
  5. Now place the cardboard and paper squares onto the chopstick, pushing them down from the chopstick’s tapered end. Start with your largest square of cardboard, then add your largest piece of music on top of it. Continue stacking the cardboard and paper squares, keeping an eye on how your “tree” is shaping up. Hopefully, it’s a nice cone shape. 

As your layering of squares nears the top of the chopstick, stop at whatever point you want to. You could put a dot of glue on the topmost cardboard piece and paper square, to hold them in place. (I’d like to take the tree apart after the holidays — to store everything flat in a box — so I didn’t add glue.) Also, I left my chopstick top bare because I like the minimal look of it. You may want to “top” your tree with something.  

That’s it. Place your tree on a table, and enjoy!  

Note: This project carries a stamp of approval from Veto, my feline quality control officer.

Via murketing:

“Even terrible gifts are worth opening when they’re wrapped in QRAPPING PAPER™ the world’s most interactive wrapping paper. Behind each QR code is an original holiday video. Over 50 in all, turning any gift into a tiny holiday film festival.” QRapping Paper™ — Home

Clever!

Via murketing:

“Even terrible gifts are worth opening when they’re wrapped in QRAPPING PAPER™ the world’s most interactive wrapping paper. Behind each QR code is an original holiday video. Over 50 in all, turning any gift into a tiny holiday film festival.” QRapping Paper™ — Home

Clever!

NPR: Hanukkah's Historic Roots In...Cincinnati?

Via npr:

Hanukkah, which begins this evening, has its roots in an ancient Jewish revolt against the Syrians. But the fact that we celebrate it the way we do today has its roots in, of all places, Cincinnati:

There is nearly no record of people celebrating Hanukkah just a couple of centuries ago. But it began to be an important Jewish holiday in the second half of the 19th century when two rabbis in Cincinnati noticed their Jewish children didn’t have much connection to the synagogue.

The rabbis developed a new celebration for children during Hanukkah that was held in the synagogue and included giving presents. National newspapers publicized the new celebration, and it was soon being celebrated all around the country.

Hanukkah was being reinvented at a time when the American culture had a booming holiday in Christmas. The Jewish community began to reshape Hanukkah as something their children and families could do when American families were doing the same thing around Christmas. 

More about Hanukkah’s modern history from today’s Morning Edition.

npr

Via washingtonpoststyle:

Thanksgiving Turkey-Stuffing-Mashed potato-Sweet potato Cake.
And why not. Go to town, and Happy Thanksgiving, all.
UPDATE: We have been informed that the correct name for this dish is “Turcakey.” Blessed be the Turcakey.
via slightlyundead

Via washingtonpoststyle:

Thanksgiving Turkey-Stuffing-Mashed potato-Sweet potato Cake.

And why not. Go to town, and Happy Thanksgiving, all.

UPDATE: We have been informed that the correct name for this dish is “Turcakey.” Blessed be the Turcakey.

via slightlyundead

Via publicradiointernational:

Pie Chart Pictures
Maybe this is old. I’m just so excited for Thanksgiving.

Via publicradiointernational:

Pie Chart Pictures

Maybe this is old. I’m just so excited for Thanksgiving.

'Tis the season for… cupcake cars? The Neiman Marcus 2009 Christmas Book now is available online. (h/t @martindave)

#Luxury market meets budget-conscious times: The catalog features NM’s expected high-end “fantasy” items and, compared with recent years’ offerings, a greater number of goods with lower-level price points.

Note: Free shipping (using checkout code NMOCT) is available through October 10 on select items. See http://www.neimanmarcus.com for details.

:-)