A inspiring selection of all the wonderful sustainable Cosy Green, upcycled and recycled Christmas and festive activity ideas.

From activities and crafts using upcycled cardboard boxes, egg boxes, clippings from the tree, wooden pallets and cable drums. Check out all these wonderful Recycled and Green Christmas activity ideas from our Cosy Club members and Cosy Creatives.

Christmas crafts - making your own

Recycled milk carton igloo

Wow check out this recycled milk carton igloo ❄️ Has anyone tried this yet?

Steve Greenwood, maintenance officer at St Wilfrid's School in Grappenhall, has built an igloo out of 758 four pint milk bottles supplied by pupils in the school library.After four weeks work on the project, the 53-year-old from Grappenhall says a teacher and six children can fit inside the 10ft radius igloo to read stories and 'let their imaginations take over'.

Upcycled cardboard Christmas Trees

A wonderful recycled tree using cardboard boxes 🎄💚 Decorated by the children too - we love it #cosyrecycling #cosygreenchristmas 📸 Genny Ben

Alternative - Step Ladder Tree

Who has a pair of wooden step ladders 🪜 stashed away?! These make perfect alternative trees 🎄♻️

Counting with egg boxes 💡 a great recycle addition to our Wicker ten frame basket and Outdoor maths frame pack #cosygreenchristmas

How do you celebrate the Winter Solstice? ❄️🤩 We love this idea from Enyas Childcare.

How cute is this little recycle robin? 💚🎄❤️#cosygreenchristmas Shared by @katerpiller1981

Wow - how beautiful is this fab loose parts idea using recycled cardboard tubes from Jellytots Childcare-Ofsted Registered Childminders.💚 We love the use of our felt bags and balls on the tuff tray here.

Wow - check out this recycled cardboard tube tree - the children would love to fill all the spaces with decorations ♻️🌿🎄📸 upcycle that

Make your own Gingerbread Men. ♻️ Shared by @foreverwildforestschool♻️ Recycled packaging gingerbread men ♻️ 'We cut up some of our parcel delivery packaging into ginger bread man shapes and decorated with bits and bobs from our craft box. The children love being creative, using their fine motor skills and imaginations to bring a best loved story character to life!Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!'

How lovely are these recycled cardboard and wool Christmas trees 🎄🌿📸 Enabling Environments

Check out this magical recycled cardboard treehouse wonderland in our mini deep tray ❄️🌿♻️📸Lottie Makes

A great cardboard sensory bauble to fill with coloured rice in our mini deep tray 🎄🌿

A great nature Christmas tree activity in the white tuff tray from Jodie Williams Childminding🎄💚

A fab recycled cardboard activity ♻️💚#cosygreenchristmas Thank you for tagging us Jodie Williams Childminding💚

How fab is this Upcycled tractor tyre wreath 🚜🌿♻️ So festive!💚❤️

📸 Lisa Creeks Van Wye #cosyrecycling #cosygreenchristmas

Frozen nature festive stars🌿🌟 Simply freeze water with natural treasures in acrylic shapes. Don’t forget to add a hessian loop before you freeze!

Air dry clay Christmas decorations 🌿💚With nature confetti to decorate 🌿🌲 simply snip dried leaves and Christmas pine needles and sprinkle into a layer of pva glue. Nature confetti is perfect for little ones to practise their scissor skills ✂️

A lovely Christmas craft activity using finger printing from @katerpiller1981

Check out this wonderful recycled cardboard tree skirt scene from Lottie Makes🎄📦♻️

These recycled craft roll tube decorations are easy to make and are perfect for practising those scissor skills! Decorate with nature confetti 🎄💚♻️ Our wicker mirror circle features below.

Check out this recycled cardboard Christmas village scene from @we_are_little_wonders 🤩💚♻️🌿 So beautiful 🤩

Trim Santa’s Beard! A festive way to practice those cutting skills.

Shared by @preschoolforyou … 'I upcycled a box and a “spiderweb” from Halloween to make Santa! My little guy got the first run but I’m looking forward to taking it to school for my threes to give him a real cut!'

An inspiring collection of recycled cardboard craft ideas using triangles of cardboard from packaging. Vary the sizes and simply stack them up, gluing as you go - then decorate. Shared by @lottiemakes

Cable Reel Christmas Trees 🎄We love this upcycled idea!

Make these beautiful orange peel 🍊🌿 danglies for relatives this Christmas. Super easy to do with a cookie cutter, plastic needle, hessian string and beads. They smell lovely too.

Can you create a tree from what you find?? A lovely natural tray play idea in our green tray from @mouse_and_roos_adventures

Create a cardboard wreath to add natural treasures - thank you for sharing @playful_porter

Create a recycled cardboard christmas scene tree skirt or display background for small world play or windows. Light it from behind with fairy lights.

Use egg boxes to create Christmas tree to fill with festive loose parts and decorations. We love this idea in the tray from @our_life_our_play

Simple leaf cutting to make a Christmas tree - you could add these to Christmas cards.

Now arent these sweet! Stick man turned Snowman! Super easy for children to collect and decorate themselves.

Another beautiful loose parts tree set up in our heuristic wicker tray from @little_wise_owls_childminding

Wishing you a Cosy Green Christmas!

Create Christmas wreaths with nature:

Make Recycled Christmas cards - lots of ideas to inspire you:

Handprint activities:

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We develop our range of upcycled, natural and locally sourced resources with the aim to incorporate more nature into ever increasing indoor childhoods. We seek to move away from the high carbon, single use plastics that dominate the industry, and instead focus on products that re-engage today’s children with nature.

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