6 Things You Can Do During Earth Hour

6 Things You Can Do During Earth Hour

The largest global movement for the environment will take place between 8.30pm to 9.30pm on the last Saturday of March (this year it’ll fall on March 30th.)  Earth Hour will see families and communities shutting down their lights to help bring attention to the impacts of climate change. Discover six activities you can do during Earth Hour:

 

Dinner by Candlelight

Gather a few friends together for a candlelit potluck dinner. Get creative and set up a theme so you can each bring a dish related to it to share with the group. Some neat examples you can consider are “What you will eat when the world ends”, “Foods from Harry Potter” and “Breakfast for dinner”. During this time you can eat, exchange details on what you made, drink, be merry, and even play board games!

 

Get Active

Gather the whole family and go for a run. Just be sure to wear some form of reflective gear to protect yourself and be “seen” in the dark. You can also plan a walk around the neighbourhood with your family and friends. Not only is walking good exercise, it also gives you a great excuse to enjoy each other’s company.

 

Have a BBQ!

Fire up the barbeque set for dinner with the family. Use this time to educate your loved ones about global warming and climate change as well as why Earth Hour is so important.

 

Get Musical

If you are musically inclined, arrange an acoustic jam session and spend the hour doing renditions of your favourite songs. We’re talking acoustic guitars, tambourines, maracas, battery operated keyboards, bongos, cajon, and any other instruments that won’t require electricity to function. Can’t play an instrument to save your life? Turn your posse into the Von Trapp Family singers with some unplugged karaoke. Just be sure to have printed lyrics ready. Alternatively you can also listen to music on an old school transistor radio.

 

Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

Light a few candles and indulge in some me-time. Whip out the face mask, hair mask, body scrub, bath bombs – the whole shebang and use this hour to pamper yourself from head to toe. Start by drawing a warm bath. While waiting for the tub to fill, use this time to cleanse your face and smooth on the face mask. Once done, saturate your locks with a hair mask and sink yourself into the tub. Pop in a bath bomb and soak for 15 minutes. Once time is up, scrub away dead skin cells before washing the masks away and shampooing and conditioning your hair.

 

Set Up Camp

A great activity for kids (and adults). Pitch a tent in your backyard, front lawn, or simply in your living room. Prepare snacks such as popcorn, fruit kebabs, and hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. Read stories to one another using candlelight or torches. If you are outdoors, lie on the ground and watch the night sky together.

Five DIY Decorations To Try At Home This Christmas

Five DIY Decorations To Try At Home This Christmas

As the season for gifting draws near, the pressure of Christmas shopping similarly intensifies. From multiple trips to the grocery store to making hard decisions on the perfect gift for each family member, the planning that goes into a festive celebration is no easy feat. With all the stress that goes into making the festive season a truly jolly one, interior decoration should be the least of your concerns.

 

So take a breather and unwind with these easy, crafty decoration tips using items around your home.

 

Christmas Wreath

Being the first thing your guests notice, your front door wreath needs to make a statement. Opt for a Christmas wreath made from gift bows that are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a hot glue gun, bows in various colours, a circular-shaped styrofoam piece, and 20 minutes of your time! Arrange the bows to your liking, glue them down, and you’re done!

 

Decorative Christmas Pillows

Always envied how other people have furniture pieces that always seem to match effortlessly? Pull your living room look together by adding simple, festive upgrades to your throw pillows! Tie a ribbon around your throw pillows, and they’ll instantly look just like Christmas gifts! Got some old t-shirts on hand? Simply turn your fabric into a cute bow with some simple ‘no-sew’ ideas.

 

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Give your Christmas tree a heartfelt touch with personalised ornaments. A DIY activity that is sure to make for good family bonding time, let your creativity run wild with clear-glass ornament balls or drilled blank wood discs! Remind family members of the good times that you’ve had from a previous family vacation by sticking a photo from the trip, or doodle up a masterpiece on an ornament ball!

 

Christmas Card Display

Do you hold on to Christmas cards that are simply too sentimental or pretty to be thrown out? Turn them into decorative doorway pieces using art mat boards and a spray mount adhesive using this simple Christmas display idea :

  • Attach a card front to an art mat board using spray mount adhesive.

  • Trim to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of mat board using multiple cards.

  • Hang the mat board over your doorway or by a Christmas tree.

 

Elf Boot Napkins

Thinking of a cute way to entertain your guests at the dining table? Try the Elf Boot napkin for your place settings – just follow these simple steps:

  • Fold your napkin in half (lengthwise) and fold again

  • Angle your fold to the centre to resemble a paper plane

  • Make a fold to the centre again

  • Fold your napkin in half and turn the folded edge on top

  • Turn one flap upwards

  • Turn the back flap to the front and tuck it in

  • Fold down the ‘cuff’ and pinch curl the toe

 

Looking for more inspirations in decorating your home this Christmas? Drop by our Cold Storage stores for more items to spruce up your interior!