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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

'Sea'sonal Fun and Sustainable 'Sea'son DIY

The Christmas season is here and Sub Sea Systems is ready to celebrate! We love getting into the spirit of the holidays by playing Christmas music, decorating the office, and even dressing the office dogs! We also look forward to our yearly visit with Mia — Sub Sea Systems’ Elf on the Shelf, and this year we want to share some fun ‘SEA’sonal DIY projects that we really love, as well as some wonderful ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle this holiday season!

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Our oceans need our care, and the best way to do that is to keep trash from EVER reaching the sea. Last year Reef Alliance wrote a ‘Guide to a Sustainable Season’ with creative ideas on how to reuse and upcycle! We created a Pinterest Board to share all of the unique ideas that we found, and have continued to pin to the board throughout the year; sharing resourceful ideas that will keep trash out of the ocean and landfills, while adding a little sparkle to your holiday season (not to mention helping you save some money!). A favorite and useful idea is reusing packaging to box gifts. For example: a box that held instant oatmeal was used to contain a hand knit beanie. Of course wrapping paper makes it more beautiful, and what better than old newspapers? Who doesn’t love typography with red ribbon?

During our research we also came across some ingenious ideas to help you ‘upcycle’ common goods that otherwise may have ended up in the trash. If you haven’t heard this buzzword before — ‘upcycling’ means to make something better in its second life. For example, these cute light bulb snowmen ornaments — for a tutorial look at this website — or these twisted icicle ornaments made out of plastic bottles (Click Here).

A fun DIY project— that has practical and frivolous uses, and embodies the holiday season, while tying in the sea theme — is a rosemary wreath. You can find fresh rosemary at any grocery store, or purchase a rosemary bush for a reasonable price at a local home improvement store.

What you need:

Seashells, sand dollars or star fish
Wire cutters

Here are the steps:

1. Create a circle using wire.
2. Using thin wire tie together rosemary sprigs in bunches of three.
3. Attach the sprigs around the wire circle until it is filled. If needed use additional sprigs to hide wires and empty spaces.
4. To add ocean flair, attach a simple starfish, seashell or sand dollar.
5. Choose a festive or patterned ribbon to hang your wreath.
6. Hang where you want to add a fragrant decoration, and add a little ocean-holiday flair.
7. After the holidays are over, and the wreath is dry, collect the rosemary leaves and store them in a jar.
8. Use the rosemary to make a balsamic glazed salmon.

We really love this project because it adds fragrance and festivity while also remaining useful after the season is over.

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Happy Holidays! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest! We have created a ‘Sea’sonal Fun board where we have added holiday and ocean themed ideas for decorations, gifts and more. We also have added a lot more to our Sustainable ‘Sea’son board for inspirational ideas to upcycle this Christmas. And we have started an Elf on the Shelf board for fun and creative ideas of which any elf would approve.

Do you have fun ‘Sea’sonal DIY projects that you would like to share with us? Do you have silly stories about your Elf on the Shelf? We look forward to reading them in the comments below.