We Wish You a Recycled Christmas

Here are some cool ideas I’ve found online for recycled Christmas ornaments, most of which would be very easy to do with kids

Hammer designs into old can lids and add a bottle cap with inspiration for a warm, homey feeling

Paint and glitter your old silverware for a cute vintage touch

Use some of the fallen branches in your yard to create mini-trees to put on your big tree for a natural touch

Cut shapes out of used CDs and string them for some recycled bling

Use comic strips, newspaper, or magazines to create these one of a kind ornaments for your tree

Decorate any Christmas cut-out with used zippers

Recycled Map Ornament

Materials Needed:

*old book of maps (sheet music, an old novel, or an art sketch could all work here as well)

*cardboard, the more design the better

*glue, string, and any other decorations you would like to add

Next, you will want to cut a shape out of the cardboard.  I chose a star:

After you have the base shape of your ornament, cut out a slightly smaller version of the same shape in your map, book, sketch, or sheet music.  Whichever you choose.  Glue the second piece down.  Punch a hole in the top to add your string to hang the ornament from and add any other decorations you would like.  I chose a bit of simple ribbon and a button.  There you have it!  An extremely simple, yet beautiful ornament in under 10 minutes.

Recycled Vases

From a clean Starbucks Frappacino glass bottle, start out by writing words or creating a design on the glass with hot glue.  Once you have your design, paint the vase.

Ribbon, bows, and flowers can be added to create this beautiful vase decoration

Recycled Gingerbread-Man Ornament

This is a cute little gingerbread-man ornament that is made out of a cut out of a poptarts box.

Once you have the cut-out, all you have to do is paint it, draw on it, collage it, anything that you want to do to decorate it.  Then punch a hole and you have an ornament.  This is a very simple craft to do with young children.

Shape Printables: