Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Recycled Milk Cap & 2-liter Cap Christmas Ornament

Items Needed:
-2 plastic gallon milk caps
-2 plastic 2-liter pop bottle caps
-Thread or thin string
-Tacky glue or E6000 glue
-Versa-tool, heating point
-Thin, long beading needle
-Recycled beads in various colors, shapes (with holes) from broken jewelry
-Silver/Gold Acrylic paints
-Paint Brush
-Scrap ribbon, rick rack, or material

STEP 1: With the heated point on a versa-tool, melt a center hole in all 4 plastic caps

STEP 2: With a layer of glue on the inside top edges of the milk caps, glue them together and let dry.

STEP 3: Paint milk caps gold, and paint pop bottle caps silver (or however you'd like). You will need 2-3 coats of paint. Let dry.

STEP 4: Glue bottom edges of pop bottle caps to each top side of (glued together) milk caps and let dry.

STEP 5: With your long, thin needle, run your thread through a bead or two, then all the way through the glued together milk caps, leaving strip at the top. You can also thread craft wire through the holes, bend a tiny circle at each end to hold all of it together.

STEP 6: At the bottom of the millk caps, thread on a few more beads, going in one hole on the last bead, out the other hole, then back up through every bead and cap you just threaded through, arriving back at the top.

STEP 7: Tie your thread into a knot for a hanger, or sew on a piece of scrap ribbon, material or string for a hanger.

OPTIONAL: Glue a scrap piece of ribbon, rick rack, or material around center of glued milk rings for an added look. You could also cut a strip of silver bag liner from a snack cracker box or other boxed item (you may need to use rubber cement for it to adhere better than with Tacky Glue). Use leftover ribbon from holiday packages from the year prior, sew on old buttons, or other small craft items. You can also use any water bottle lids, individual pop bottle lids.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How to Make a Shaving Cream Cap and Bread Tie Christimas Ornament

Items Needed:
*1 plastic shaving cream cap
*1 white plastic bread tie
*Tacky glue
*Glitter or No hole glass beads
*Gold embroidery thread or other thin gold string
*Small white rick rack or leftover ribbon


Cut, from the edge opposite of the tie hole, making a "V" shape from the bread tie (as shown in above photo. Trim top edges creating a heart shape.


Place a thin layer of glue onto the heart and sprinkle with glitter or no hole glass beads (we used no hole glass beads). Let dry.


Place a thin layer of glue on the inside edges of the shaving cream cap, sprinkle with glitter or no hole glass beads. Let dry.

STEP 4: Place a dab of glue on the inside center of the shaving cream cap. Place the "heart" inside the cap and center it. Let dry.

STEP 5: Tie your embroidery thread, or other string into a tiny bow. Glue to the center top of your bread tie heart. It's best to let this dry before you continue.

STEP 6: Place a thin layer of glue around the outside edge of the cap, and wrap your rick rack (or other leftover ribbon) around and tie into a knot at the top of the cap. Leave about 3 -4 inches, and tie another knot with the rick rack, creating the ornament hanger.

TIPS: Place a circle of colored foil in the inside instead of glitter or beads. If you receive holiday cards, many times the inside of the envelope contains gold or silver foil.

This handmade, recycled Christmas tree ornament, makes a nice gift adornment, stocking stuffer, and is the perfect size for a smaller tree.

Merry Christmas and spread the Happiness with a handmade Christmas Tree Ornament!


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