Tis The Season To Be Green
It’s that time of year again—time to trim the tree, hang the wreath and festive icicle lights and set the mood in your salon for another warm holiday season. But this year, instead of the traditional glass ornaments, bows and tinsel, one salon in Austin, TX, is using cardboard product containers, old magazine pages and plastic shopping bags to decorate in a green, earth-friendly way. Evelyn Jackson Salon is completely decked out for the holidays—using nothing more than recycled materials the salons stylists have been saving all year long.
One holiday staple the stylists turned “green” was a signature, large wreath in the salon’s lobby. Made out of “leaves” created from the pages of old magazines and shampoo bottles, this inventive decoration also features a big red bow made from painted plastic shopping bags! Everything was hot-glued to a base created from cardboard boxes. How creative is that?!
For miniature trees scattered throughout the salon, boxes were used to form a base, tops of color dye boxes were used to create the branches and a star was created from cardboard inserts. Then they threw on some paint and glitter and voila, a Christmas tree was made!
Not to say the salon doesn’t have a real tree, it does. But instead of glass and plastic ornaments, the stylists at Evelyn Jackson opted to decorate it with painted crumpled up packaging strung together to serve as garland. Even shampoo bottles were cut into a bell shape and painted.
Another shampoo bottle was cut into that same bell shape and painted red. It now rests on the base of a used candleholder and became a cute candy dish, which sits by the front door. Other shampoo bottles were painted with the faces of Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for a tabletop decoration.
Other ideas included: making garland from cardboard boxes with cutout tree shapes that can be hung along a wall; and taped and painted paper packaging, used to create an adorable snowman.
Their biggest challenge—the large wreath. Originally held in place with tape, it soon became clear that hot glue was the way to go. Samantha Caplan, the retail director at the salon said, “hot glue, double-sided tape and glitter were our best friends.”
So why go green? According to Samantha, the salon wants to challenge other Austin salons and stores to do the same thing.
So what do you think? Are you charged to challenge your staff to get crafty and go green in your salon this season? It’s a creative way to encourage team bonding, it’s fun and it’s good for the environment. It’s a win-win during a time that’s all about giving back!