Some of my most treasured items are Christmas ornaments the kids made me in school. Every year I hang them on the tree and remember how special that moment was when they brought them home to put on the Christmas tree. Many of the ornaments were made in school during Christmas parties over 18 years ago. I also have some of the ornaments and decorations that the kids made when I was the room mom so many years ago. I went through the treasured ornaments and searched Pinterest and other sites to see what has been ‘done’. I really wanted to come up with something kid friendly and unique out of the recycling bins (in this case the garbage can). Creating these ornaments from the upcycled milk, soda, and Gatorade lids had been a priority for some time but it did not hit me until the other day what “IT” would be. After some internet searches, I think I have found my ‘original’ Christmas upcycled ornament.
I believe (and I am a bit biased here) that this is the best upcycling craft idea of the year. This craft idea is kid friendly and is easy to do with minimal supplies and time. It should not take long to collect the lids because they come off of everyday products most of us drink or buy. I love creating and tried to use what I had on hand. The glitter, glue, stickers, and Qtips are in many kid friendly homes and many parents can print off small pictures for the kids as well. Depending upon age level, you can find more craft trinkets or Christmas baubles at your local craft stores. I should have included pet pictures because it is hard to find pet ornaments that are personalized and unique for our trees.
Glitter is always a favorite and so I used what I had on hand and even found googly eyes to give the snowmen a cuter look. I reuse the glitter and so a couple of the ornaments were a combination of the glitter that falls off. I made these ornaments with kids in mind. Because kids have their own idea of perfection, which is not always the adult version, remember snowmen may not always be white and glitter may fly everywhere. The mess can be cleaned up and you may find glitter for days but the end result is a priceless reminder of your child’s creativity and love.
I did search the aisles of my craft stores but could not find snowmen hats so I compromised and went outside to pick up acorn tops (which I have a ton of!) I spray painted the lids and acorn tops and later glued the dried lids together to create the snowmen and flowers. You can use E600 glue or hot glue depending upon what you have. I used both to see if one was easier than the other and hot glue sets faster so you can start decorating as soon as it dries. I had to wait a day for the E600 to dry.
What I have pictured would be great examples to have for the kids when presenting them with this adorable Christmas project. I found that in my many years of doing this that sometimes kids need an example to get them started. Once they see what they can create, the sky is the limit!
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
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Note: I did not double up lids for every ornament. I like the ornaments both ways. Plus another idea would be to print the date on the back for this keepsake.
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