This year I’m on a quest to show my loved ones that Christmas can be a zero waste holiday without impacting on tradition. Instead of contributing to the billion cards that will be sent this Christmas and shortly thrown away, why not make your very own personalised, zero waste, EDIBLE cards? Not only are they adorable, cheap and easy to make, I can guarantee they’ll go down a treat! They can even be used as adorable tags on gifts, it’s totally up to you.
Personally, I like to use gingerbread this time of year (check out our spooky gingerbread skeletons for the recipe) but any ordinary biscuit or shortbread recipe will work just as well. I decided to make smaller ones that would fit a shorter message on but you can make them whatever size you like. Just work out how many people you’ll be sending a ‘card’ to, grab those ingredients and get baking!
Write a message with some icing (just mix icing sugar and water) and a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag to hand, see if a friend has one you can borrow or make your own using a soy wax wrap and a metal nozzle! Use a tall glass to hold your piping bag if you’re finding it hard to fill. Not steady handed at all? Just ice all over and deliver the message in person with a hug!
If you want to go all out and experiment with different colours but don’t want to buy artificial colourings in plastic, have a go at making your own natural ones instead by checking out this article. Not only can these be made zero waste but are better for you too.
Last but not least, keep those masterpieces looking pretty using compostable greaseproof paper and string to hold it all together in a lovely little parcel of yumminess. These paper bags work great too and are home compostable, so friends and family can compost them or give them back to me to add to my back garden. Oh and make sure you save one for you or someone will definitely not be getting their Christmas greetings this year!
If you decide to make your loved ones an edible Christmas card this year, show off your creation and tag us in your post using #makecookiesnotcards, if they survive long enough that is!