Looking for easy DIY Christmas ornaments? This upcycled bottle cap snowman craft is made from old bottle caps! Its an easy homemade ornament to make that will give your tree that personal look and feel to it. Making homemade Christmas ornaments is a fun way to keep kids busy this winter. And these bottle cap snowmen take trash and turn it into treasure!
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The Beauty of Homemade Christmas Ornaments
I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year and these bottle cap snowmen are the perfect addition! There are handprint Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations. Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all. I love it! The Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood.
My kids are teens. They aren’t really into making crafty Christmas ornaments anymore. However, I decided to get out my glue gun this morning and try my hand at making an eco-friendly Christmas craft all by myself!
Supplies for this Bottle Cap Snowman
The only supplies you will need for these upcycled snowman ornaments 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.
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How to make these snowman ornaments
The first thing you need for this Christmas 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.
Like this DIY Christmas ornament? Try these Christmas crafts, too.
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Assembling your snowman ornament
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? I’m not sure I have enough time to make THAT many bottle cap snowmen! Have any other eco-friendly Christmas craft ideas that use bottle caps that you want to share?
- 6 bottle caps
- white paint
- Permanent markers
- Ribbon, buttons, and other decor items
- paint brushes
- hot glue gun
- Lay down newspaper.
- Place bottle caps on it and paint with white paint. Do 2 coats if necessary, letting them dry in between. Let dry completely
- Using hot glue, attach bottle caps to each other as shown.
- Let dry.
- Add face using permanent markers
- Add ribbons, buttons, etc using hot glue
- Let dry before hanging.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.