Zero Waste Decor for Chinese New Year

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

So the year of the Rooster is arriving this weekend.  I usually leave much of the festive home decor to the final week and force myself to work with what I already have, as oppose to the easier way out, which is to buy new ones that end up cumulating with the rest in the storage room for the next 12 months when the celebration is over.

Here are some waste free ideas that I have managed to squeeze out of my limited, but ample supply of festive accessories, which I reuse year after year.  Best of all, they all fit inside a lunch box when the holiday is over.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// homebaked goodies are stored in air-tight glass jars, instead of plastic ones, and embellish with simple decorative features like this tassel (a big favorite around my house).  The jars go back to the pantry for storing ingredients or snacks after we are done with the new year goodies.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// Even the standard glass containers for nuts are updated to fit the theme.  Just look out for red/pink/floral accessories around the house.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// an old mooncake box made out of chip wood is upcycled into a unique display tray for mandarin oranges.  After the new year, they go back to my craft drawer as a storage box.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// update indoor planters/vase with dainty tassels.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// another Chinese knot tassel, this one salvaged from a torn cushion is used to update my tiny vase with dried flowers.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// instead of stowing away the Christmas wreath, I swap the neutrals for red color embellishments and display for another month.

Zero Waste Decor for CNY // Mono + Co

// these paper diamonds are so easy to make, and best of all, look contemporary enough as daily decoration, so there is no hurry to put them away even after celebrations are all over.

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