Create Children’s Christmas Ornaments from milk and soda lids

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Another snowman-isn’t his hat adorable??

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.Christmas snowman ornament, kids craft, kids ornament craft, upcycle ornament craft

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.

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Isn’t he adorable?

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.

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The kid’s imagination can run wild with this simple upcycle

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!

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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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This is how it all started

Just some supplies-Qtips, small pompoms, googly eyes, white gliter, glue, twine, rhinestones, acorn tops

Just some supplies-Qtips, small pompoms, googly eyes, white gliter, glue, twine, rhinestones, acorn tops. I had a bin full of colored glitters (not pictured)

glued lids together

glued lids together

some lids I did not double to see how it worked-this is all personal preference to make fat snowmen or flat snowment

some lids I did not double to see how it worked-this is all personal preference to make fat snowmen or flat snowment

glued lids for flower

glued lids for flower

Spray painted white and green with Rustoleum 2x spray (used on plastic)

Spray painted white and green with Rustoleum 2x spray (used on plastic)

spray painted acorn tops black

spray painted acorn tops black

the glue sticks better to painted lids. I tried with and without paint and found glitter held better on painted lids

the glue sticks better to painted lids. I tried with and without paint and found glitter held better on painted lids

hot glued the flower together with one milk lid and 7 soda lids

hot glued the flower together with one milk lid and 7 soda lids

spray painted these green to try something different

spray painted these green to try something different

Just cut the twine about 5"

Just cut the twine about 5″

hot glued the twine  and then let sit for a minute. then put glue around the edge of the lid and stick another lid on

hot glued the twine and then let sit for a minute. then put glue around the edge of the lid and stick another lid on

carefully stick the lids together after gluing. hold for a minute or two

carefully stick the lids together after gluing. hold for a minute or two

stuck a sticker inside one of the Gatorade lids

stuck a sticker inside one of the Gatorade lids

put some glue around the edges in and out

put some glue around the edges in and out

snowmen bodies- pour on some glue and use the Qtip to spread the glue around and cover with glitter

snowmen bodies- pour on some glue and use the Qtip to spread the glue around and cover with glitter

Oh I forgot to add to put on eyes and poms before glitter (but kids may have their  own ideas)

Oh I forgot to add to put on eyes and poms before glitter (but kids may have their own ideas)

grabbed an acorn and covered in glue and glitter

grabbed an acorn and covered in glue and glitter

'this is another Gatorade lid and I put the sticker on the top side and covered in glue and glitter

‘this is another Gatorade lid and I put the sticker on the top side and covered in glue and glitter

You can use small pictures to create a more personalized ornament with the kids

You can use small pictures to create a more personalized ornament with the kids

flower ornament with soda lid glued on the 3 milk jug lids- just one example of the creations

flower ornament with soda lid glued on the 3 milk jug lids- just one example of the creations

personalized ornaments

I love the idea of personalized ornaments and this would be a great one to create for pet ornaments

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Who says ornaments cannot be flowers?

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Hot glued on some baubles from the craft store for another idea

This is the double green lid pictured above

This is the double green lid pictured above

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this was created out of the leftover glitter

 

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