Start a new Christmas tradition and get everyone in the family involved with handmade ornaments from recycled materials! Escape from the cold weather, turn on the fireplace, get some hot cocoa on the stove and turn on a classic Christmas playlist to craft your worries away.
These are inexpensive ways to get your kids off their phones and keep their hands busy to bring everyone together for the holidays.
Here are 10 ideas using upcycled materials to get you started!
Save a few walnuts from the nutcracker this Christmas and turn them into cute little reindeer ornaments with some craft foam, wiggle eyes and adhesive. Make a couple and tie them onto gifts for a fun accent that doubles as a ornament. Free printable pattern included! Click here for full instructions!
Bust out your yarn stash and fabric scraps to create these adorable winter friends. Unleash your imagination and see if you can create more winter themed critters! Get full instuctions here.
Have any small terra cotta pots left over from gardening? If not, these small pots are super afforable at 78 cents each! Make it more interesting and have your family paint one another's faces to create an elf version of your family members. Full instructions and free patterns available here.
Love the Clay Pot Elf Ornaments? Well, we have more! Create penguins, polar bears, snowmen and reindeer from cheap terra cotta pots, paint and fabric scraps! Click here for full instructions!
Dig through your missing sock drawers to find the perfect lone black sock to create this cute penguin ornament. Use fabric scraps to dress your penguin as you please. Skip the hanger if you just want to create a cute plush penguin for your little one. Free pattern here!
Think twice before you throw away your light bulbs. Who knew light bulbs could be reimagined into such chic, elegant looking ornaments? Get creative and mess around with designs to see what you and your kids can come up with! Get complete instructions here.
This is a great way to preserve those old tea cup sets that you don't use anymore but can't part with. Upcycle them into unique bird's nest ornaments to hang year after year for a touch of whimsy. No tea cups to spare? You can find affordable, vintage tea cups at your local thrift store or Goodwill! Click here for full instructions.
Turn recycled baby food jars into these super chic jar ornaments for your tree! Just paint the lids, add some embellishments and christmas greenery. Add tea lights and fairy silhouettes for a more whimiscal touch your kids will love! Full instructions here.
I mean, can it get any easier? Simply print out our free patterns here and adhere them to paper cups for an adorable array of cute winter friends! Perfect for your littles learning to use scissors.
Recycled tin lids make for great bases for ornaments! See how we upcycled a tin lid to create this cute ice skating penguin ornament. Have your kids color in the background and help them adhere it. Instructions here.