By Nina Wu
The Green House in Pahoa is offering a few workshops this month that will help you "green" your holiday gifts, from reusing calendar pages as gift bags to wrapping your gifts beautifully in a square of fabric and transforming an old T-shirt into an eco-chic fashion statement.
Advanced registration is required for all the following workshops. You can register by going online or calling 524-8427. The Green House is at 224 Pakohana St. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "ReUse, ReNew, ReInvent the Holidays" workshops include:
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. Green Calendar Gift Bags Put life back into last year's calendars by turning them into gift bags. You will receive enough supplies to make a dozen bags, plus get additional ideas on what to do with old calendars. Fee $20.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. Tie it up! Tie a gift and save a tree. Learn the Japanese art of Furoshiki, where you wrap gifts of various shapes and sizes with a square of fabric. You won't need wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper and a cardboard box, and your reusable furoshiki becomes part of your gift. You will receive a furoshiki to practice the various ties. Fee $20.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Tag It! Recycle business envelopes into unique gift cards perfect for coupons or old-fashioned cash. You will receive enough supplies to make six cards, plus get other ideas for reusing junk mail envelopes. Fee $20.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3: Eco-Chic T-shirt Remakes Transform old T-shirts with a few simple tools into one-of-a-kind wearable art or reusable bags. Bring your old T-shirts and join in the fun. Fee $20.