Christmas Ornaments Made From Recycled Materials

by Marilla Mulwane

Instead of throwing away those old winter sweaters or Scrabble games with missing pieces, turn them into Christmas ornaments for the tree. Making ornaments from recycled materials helps the environment, entertains kids who want to help, and the crafts become one of-a-kind trinkets to use every year. These ornaments only require some cutting, gluing and pinning, so gather the children to help out.

Items you will need

  • Ribbon
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Old bulky sweaters
  • Pins
  • Foam balls

Scrabble Ornaments

Step 1

Rearrange the letters on the Scrabble tiles to spell a Christmas word. Some words include "Holly," "Snow," "Merry" or "Humbug."

Step 2

Cut 14 inches of ribbon and fold it in half. Leave a 1-inch loop at the top and overlap the bottom ends one on top of the other. The last 6 inches will be overlapped. Place dabs of glue along the bottom layer and press the top layer down on the top to hold it in place. Use a very small amount of glue.

Step 3

Place a dab of glue just under the loop of the ribbon. Press the first letter of the word you created on the glue, so the letter faces up. Hold the tile in place a few seconds. Glue the next tile just below the first, and repeat with the remaining letters. Cut off excess ribbon.

Sweater Ornaments

Step 1

Cut the sleeves off the sweater. Place a foam ball inside the sleeve so it is 1/2 inch from the end. Cut the sleeve 1/2 inch past the foam ball.

Step 2

Fold over one end of the sweater onto the foam ball. Pin the sweater to the ball. Fold over more of the sweater, and keep pinning it, until that end of the ball is covered. Some of the sweater will overlap. Place the pins where the sweater overlaps.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 with the other side of the foam ball. The entire ball will be covered with the sweater.

Step 4

Cut the ribbon so it is 6 inches long. Tie a bow with the ribbon. Place a dab of glue on one end of the foam ball where it was pinned. Press the bow to the glue and hold it for a few seconds.

Step 5

Cut another piece of the ribbon so it is 4 inches long. Fold the ribbon in half to make a loop. Tie a knot with the two ends, but make sure the knot is at the very end of the ribbon.

Step 6

Place the knotted end of the loop you made on the knotted part of the ribbon you glued to the foam ball. Stick a pin through the knot and all the way through the foam ball.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using a long word or sentence when making the Scrabble ornaments, make sure the ribbon is long enough for the tiles.
  • Use foam balls of any size. Cut enough of the sweater to completely cover it.
  • The pins will not show as long as the sweater is bulky enough to hide them.

Photo Credits

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