This year, I thought I'd make an ornament from recycled materials I had an abundance of.
So I had:
- juice can lids
- old Christmas cards
- paper ream banding ribbons
- burnt out Christmas light bulbs
- little bits of ribbon
It was great for a Christmas card / small gift for giving out to people. I hope they liked them.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials: This Is Pretty Flexible - Substitute for What You Have
- Glue guns - I used both Hi-Temperature (uses the fat glue sticks)
& Low-Temperature (uses the skinny glue sticks)
- Hot glue sticks
- Compass (for drawing a circle)
- Some thin cardboard (from a cereal or cracker box - look in your recycle bin)
- Piece of rigid plastic (like from packaging - look in your recycle bin)
- Ruler or Measuring tape
- Old Christmas cards
- 1" Wide Ribbon - I used binding ribbon that packs of paper are wrapped in
(I rescued them from the office bins)
- Narrow Ribbon or string
- Plastic straws (these ones had been used & rinsed - I liked the red stripes)
- Metal juice can lids
- Pom pom / jingle bell / button / bead
- Burnt out Mini lights
- Red spray paint
Step 2: Making the Pointsettia/Flower: Making Cones
The ribbon was 1-1/8" (3cm) width, so to make a little cone-shape,
I wrapped it around my finger to find that each piece needed to be
this length. 2-1/2" (6cm)
- Glue the little cone using a low temperature glue
- Make 10 for each one.
- Glue the cones together edge-to-edge
Step 3: Making the Picture Side:
To Do The Back:
- Use a protractor to draw the right size circle that will fit into the recessed edge of the metal lid.
- Once you out the right-sized paper circle, make 2 templates- (See Pic 2)
1 of thin cardboard (cereal/cracker box)
1 of thin,see-thru rigid plastic (cookie/toy package)
- Use the see-thru template to find the "perfect image"
from your old Christmas cards (See pic 3 - you could use a photo too!)
- Cut out your circle picture
- Take a little remnant of ribbon (this will make a hinge) (See Pic 4)
and hot glue half of it to the top back of your circle picture
the other half, hot glue to the juice can lid (use hi-temp glue here)
- Use the cardboard template, make 1 paper circle and glue to lid (use hi-temp glue here)
Tip: Write your special message on this before gluing it
Step 4: The Little Bulbs ... (Optional)
I had scrapped several mini light sets of Christmas lights because the
bulbs were all burnt out (just twist them, and they come right out)
- Trim off any little wires with wire cutters.
- Hot-glue them to an old piece of cardboard and spray-paint them red.
It took a couple of days to dry properly because it's winter here.
- When dry, just pick em off (or run your hand across them & they all lay down- easy!)
and pick the glue blob off. You'll need 10 per ornament.
Step 5: Final Assembly
Here's a picture of each step:
- Glue a ribbon loop on the juice can lid (use hi-temp hot glue here).
- Glue on the ribbon flower from Step 2 (use hi-temp hot glue here).
- Glue on a pom-pom / jingle bell/ button/ bead in middle.
- Glue a little mini light inside each "cone" (use hi-temp hot glue here).
- Cut a straw into small pieces that are long enough to cover each "cone's" seam (aprox 1" or 2.5cm).
-Glue them (use lo-temp hot glue here)
- Trim each straw at an angle so they have a pointy tip.
- Glue sequins around the top edge of each "cone" (use lo-temp hot glue here)
Tip: To pick up a sequin easily, use a pencil with a NEW eraser
- Moisten the eraser with a damp sponge...(or your tongue!)
- Put a blob of (low temp) glue on the "cone" first, then apply the sequin - easy!
Step 6: Some Different Variations...
My Grandmother passed away and I got her 70's costume jewelry nobody wanted, you'll see a lot of it here. My mum gave me her AWESOME box of harvested buttons. (everyone's mother had a jar of these - old buttons from clothes)
My friend Cindy wanted to make something from juice can lids, so I made her some ...and I kept going! These lid ornaments have been really fun!
I've made more than a hundred different variations of the juice can lid ornament / cards
They're all so different - See if you can identify the re-purposed materials in each one.
Participated in the
Trash to Treasure Challenge