I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year. There are hand print Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations. Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all but the Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood. Now that my kids are teens, they aren’t really into making crafty Christmas ornaments any more but I decided to get out my glue gun this morning and try my hand at making an eco friendly Christmas craft all by myself!
Eco Friendly Christmas Craft
Supplies: The only supplies you will need for this eco friendly Christmas craft are some bottle caps, a glue gun, ribbon, white paint, paint brush and some Sharpies or other fine point permanent marker. For accessories you can use tiny pom poms, ribbon, yarn, gems or whatever you have hidden in your art closet.
Directions: The first thing you need for this craft is a handful of used bottle caps. We save all of our bottle caps in a small box in the garage (why? I have no idea but we have a lot of them!). Twist off caps work best since the bottle opener can leave a bit of a dent in them but if you are careful when you remove it from the bottle you will barely see it.
The next thing you need to do is paint your bottle caps white. Just do the inside since you will not see the back once it is hung on the tree. Paint the entire interior of the bottle cap including the sides and the very upper edges. Let dry. Once the bottle caps are dry use your glue gun to stick three of them together. Just use a small amount of glue, a little really goes a long way. When they are firmly glued together and the glue is cool put on your ribbon. Choose a pretty Christmas pattern and make sure the loop opens to the front so that it will hang properly on a tree branch.
The only thing left to do not for this eco friendly Christmas craft is to draw on your snowman face and a few buttons. You can even personalize it with a name and year if you want to give it to someone as a gift. Hang the ornament on the tree and be happy that you saved a few bottle caps from the trash can!
Now, what am I going to do with the other 4 million bottle caps in my garage? Have any other eco friendly Christmas craft ideas that use bottle caps that you want to share?
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