City’s crafty green Christmas ideas to DIY for

City’s crafty green Christmas ideas to DIY for

The City of Sydney is encouraging residents to green up their Christmas with gift ideas using recycled materials while also reducing their festive waste like wrapping paper.

The City has teamed with online marketplace to produce three free fact sheets and online videos that show how easy it is to give sustainably this Christmas.

For example, you can make a dent in the 4,000 tonnes of discarded Christmas wrapping paper – or 25,000 trees – by taking a cue from the Japanese art of furoshiki and use pretty material offcuts, old scarves, or vintage fabrics to wrap your gift.

In the how-to animation, Paddington fabric artist Penelope Kokinelis of Uptights shows how you can wrap with style, without using sticky tape.

“Aussies throw out 25 per cent more rubbish over the festive season, and most of it ends up in landfill,” City of Sydney Sustainability Marketing Manager Olga Argyrou said.

“A one-of-a-kind gift is the perfect gift for the person who has everything. The City’s online step-by-step guide to making one of this year’s hottest retro returns, a terrarium, shows how easy it is to do.”

Terrariums – or gardens in a glass – were a popular Victorian pastime. These days, they’re a quirky gift, and a fresh and fun way to get the kids started on a mini garden.

Transform an old jar, glass teapot or fish bowl into a living ecosystem. Using cuttings helps keep costs down, too.

Believe it or not, there was a time last century when no house or flat was complete without a hanging macramé pot-plant holder, usually in garish ’70s colours!

Rediscover the art of decorative knotting, and make Nan’s yuletide dreams come true, with our guide to macramé by Newtown crafter Kitiya Palaskas.


Feeling inspired? Check out the fact sheets and videos at and

Our green Christmas ideas are presented in collaboration with online marketplace


For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jonathan Walter, phone 02 9265 9753 or email