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How to Recycle Household Items for Handmade Ornaments

The holidays can be expensive. Save a little money on new ornaments by recycling some common household items.


  • Step 1: Decorate a CD Decorate with those CDs you don't listen to anymore. Glue glitter or a paper cutout onto both sides of the CD, and then string a piece of ribbon through the center.
  • Step 2: Cut up water bottles Cut out of the bottoms of two used water bottles and trim them into star shapes. Glue the two cutouts together. Push a needle through the top and lace a string through to hang it.
  • TIP: If you have several water bottles, cut out different shapes and hang them all on the same string to create a garland.
  • Step 3: Reuse greeting cards Reuse special greeting cards for ornaments. Cut the cards into any shape you'd like and use a hole punch to run a ribbon through them to hang. You can also cut the cards into strips and glue the tops and bottoms together to form a ball.
  • Step 4: Make a mini-Santa Cut out a single compartment from an old egg carton. Use a marker to draw eyes and a smile on the outside of the compartment, and glue cotton balls to the top and bottom for a beard and hair. Finally, glue on a piece of red felt to make his hat. Stick a piece of thin wire through the top behind the hat to hang and make his elves with the remaining compartments.
  • TIP: Use the inside of an old pillow or clothing you no longer wear instead of buying new felt or cotton balls.
  • Step 5: Glue bottle caps Save up your used beer or soft drink bottle caps. Use a hot glue gun to glue the caps together in whatever shape you'd like. Glue a ribbon around the outer edge of your shape, leaving the ends of the ribbon long so you can tie them together. Happy Holidays!
  • FACT: In 1979, to honor American hostages in Iran, only the top ornament of the National Christmas Tree was lit.

You Will Need

  • CDs
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Water bottles
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Greeting cards
  • Egg carton
  • Marker
  • Cotton balls
  • Felt
  • Wire
  • Beer or soft drink bottle caps
  • Hot glue gun
  • Old pillow (optional)
  • Old clothes (optional)

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