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.