Saturday, December 5, 2009

Green Christmas ornaments


These ornaments are made from plastic fruit cups. When my children eat a fruit cup for a snack, I keep the plastic cups and wash them out.

For this project I painted them with silver paint. When dry I drilled a small hole in the top to insert a ribbon so that I could hang it on the tree. Then I embellish it with ribbon, punched out leaves, old fake berries and holly that my mom had saved and in one case crystal effects and glitter.

The final touch is to add a charm that hangs by a white thread.

Another option would be to drill the hole a bit bigger so that you could put a light from a strand of Christmas lights through it. Then you could have a strand of bells that light up.





















The next ornament that I have been making is made from the tube of the paper towel. I flattened the tube and cut the tube into 1/2 inch strips. Then I took my gesso and painted all the circles to make them stronger. Once they were dry then I sewed on some beads. The final step is to use red sticky tape to attach the petals and add a thread to hang it by.



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25 comments:

butterfly07 said...

Aha! A craft project for after snack time...I love it!

Loretta Rodger said...

What pretty ornaments, they are really a great way to recycle and re-use. What a great idea!

ivy said...

We have those fruit cups too! Great idea for ornaments! I was saving mine for soap molds!

Deanne Burton said...

Wow! Neat ideas!!!! Thanks a lot Sue!!!

Ali said...

Sue- these are precious. My personal fave is the star shape made from the paper towel tube. WOW, that is so classic! Love it all. Well done! :) TY for sharing and for all your work organizing the Blog hop. Thus far, so much fun! LOL

Loretta said...

i love the idea very fitting to do for a group of kids in a craft. Thanks

Cheryl Walker said...

Very very pretty ornaments hun!!!! Also love the dp, of course I love dp, just like I love ribbon!!!lol Great idea for the ornaments tooo!!!
Hugs,
Cheryl Walker

helen said...

i am so thrilled to have found this blog as i truly enjoy the challenge of repurposing items and i think i struck gold here

Jean Marie said...

What a great idea for the fruit cups!
The added charms add such a nice touch, Susan!

iluvmybugs said...

Great ornaments...I love to recycle, so thanks for sharing!!! Thanks for the chance to win the paper.

Happy Holidays!
Terry

gocanucksgo said...

Hi Sue! Great work on the ornaments. I love the idea of reusing the cups. Keep up the amazing work =)

Linda said...

WOW these are beautiful ornaments!!! I love to use recycled items for my projects too.

Tanya said...

What an inventive use of fruit cups!!Sooo pretty!

CyndiLou said...

Sue- love both of these ornaments! You are so creative! I really love the glitter on the last bell!

Lindasueanne said...

Those are beautiful!! I love the one with the glitter the best!

Colleen said...

Those are so cute!! What a great idea!!!

Cheryl said...

These ornaments are great! I especially love the one from the snack cups. What can be better than crafting, decorating, and recycling? Oh yeah, snacking and that is covered too!

Jan said...

Your ornaments are so clever! Like how you recycled the fruit cups and paper towel spool!

Annmaree (EmuUpAGumTree) said...

Very Cool ideas, Thanks for sharing!

Pat (mspfd) said...

What beautiful ornaments.

Becky said...

What beautiful ornaments, awesome idea.

Kendra said...

Super cool idea! I save all our cups too, only the kids use them to fill with snacks LOL... might have to confiscate some though?!

Martha said...

adorable ornaments, what a great idea

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

I am so going to see if I can find some old tins to make those ornaments! I love those! Just beautiful!

MD said...

SUPERBE
md



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