This post is in continuation with the ” Green Christmas – Zero Waste initiative” , that I am participating in.

I am sharing a dozen plus ideas  to recycle, upcycle and repurpose regular items to make Christmas tree ornaments.   Several designs were made from the humble plastic bottle.

Please visit here to view the ‘Green’ Christmas light invention !!

It took just a little ribbon, some fabric glue and a tiny fabric  flower to design this in under 10 minutes !  Why not make a dozen or so, with the kids ??
Although I have used my die cut machine, you can easily cut 4 circular shapes out of some fancy design paper, fold it in half and stick the other half to it and add a cord in between before you close it with the 4th side. Voila.
I’ve wrapped a jute cord around a styrofoam ball.
By far the easiest ! Two fan shapes glued together.  A wooden flower embellishment completes the look.
These wooden discs were chopped a few months back for another project but they make excellent ornaments too.. Some of them can be used as a tag, or just paint them.
These icicle shapes are made from heating plastic mountain dew bottles. Very little maneuvering is required – however please remember to carry it out the process out in the open.  
Two disc shapes from a Mountain Dew bottle were glued together here.
Three different sizes of material were cut from a plastic bottle and gently pressed together to form a teardrop shape.
I love how these are nestled into each other. Four different sizes of plastic were glued as circles and glued together at one point. How simple yet pretty this looks ! My favorite.
Several hollow circles were glued together.  I added some white dots with acrylic paint. 
I’ve adorned these with mirror embellishments. 
By far, the simplest ! Although I have used a tongue depressor, you can use any craft stick or popsicle stick. Color it as a candy cane or decorate with some glitter, buttons or even washi tape.
This one was a new experiment for me. I fused 9 plastic bottle lids together melting them on some butter paper a with a hot iron box.   I am loving it !!

Bonus :-

  • you can use lids from Pringles – cut star shapes and get the children to use sharpies to color them or even add some glitter to them.
  • Lids from mason jars, jam jars can be spray painted with merry colors to hang on the tree.
  • Glue three cotton balls to a clothespin – a black felt hat, two goggly eyes, and a tiny orange nose – and we have a snowman ready !
  • Cut a small piece of cardboard from cereal box in a triangular shape and wrap some green yarn around it ! Hang it with a bell.
  • Pipe cleaners can be tied at one end to form a wreath shape and hung on the tree.
  • Children can have hours of fun designing ornaments with ‘Salt Dough’ too.

Do you design some ornaments and Christmas decorations at home with your kids ? Or do you only buy them ?

Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked these easy and fun creations.

Recycled objects :-

  • Empty Mountain dew plastic bottle
  • Bottle lids
  • Wooden discs from a dead tree trunk.
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper

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  1. These came out really nice and I especially like the wood pieces because I think my 5 and 4 year old would love making them. Thanks for sharing these ideas. #Alittlebitofeverything

  2. What wonderful options for hand made ornaments! I love these! Your post will be featured this week at Tuesdays with a Twist! Congrats! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. What lovely ideas for decorations! Homemade decorations are always so special. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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