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Bottle cap tree ornaments

As the holidays begin to descend upon us, we’re also working hard at keeping with the whole idea of creating more and consuming less. And that has lead to great projects in the last few holiday seasons like handmade wrapping paper, homemade cookie cutter gift tags from scrapbook paper and handmade Christmas crackers. We even tried our hands at card making with sparkles.

 

This year, our first holiday project is making tree decorations using old bottle caps. For ages, I had been trying to figure out what to do with all of these lids I had floating around the house. Then it occurred to me that this would be a great way to reuse old cards, scrapbook paper that was literally a scrap and other goodies.

You will need:

Bottle caps
Old holiday cards
Glue gun
Scissors
Small circle for tracing
Pencil
String, beads or ribbon for hanging
Dremel hot glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1
Prepare your cards or scrapbook paper and cut them into circles that will fit in the bottle caps (this is where the little tracer and pencil are put to good use).

Step 2
Get your bottle caps ready to go. Apply a small blob of hot glue in the middle of the cap and stick the paper cutout inside.

Step 3
Take your string or decorative ribbon and glue it to the back of the cap. Let dry and hang.

Another Christmas tree themed idea for bottle caps is to make Christmas tree ornaments to hang on the tree. Bottle Cap Christmas trees are fun, easy and a totally priceless addition to the Christmas tree. Nearly everything needed for the craft can either be found in the home or inexpensively picked up at the local craft shop.

You will need:

Cardboard (we used old cereal boxes)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Bottle caps
Small beads
Wool
Hole punch
Ribbon

Here's how:

Step 1
Make a template for the tree and then used it to outline the rest.

Step 2
Glue the bottle caps onto the card and then pop in a blob of hot glue to stick down small beads. This could also be very cool with bird seed, rice, pebbles, you get the idea.

Step 3
Cut enough wool to outline each tree and then glue it around the edge of the tree for an added accent.

Step 4
Use the hole punch to make a hole in the top of the tree, string a lovely ribbon (or some leftover woold and hang on the tree.

 

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