Thursday, December 18

Plastic Lid Christmas Tree



These days many people recycle their plastic drink containers and water bottles. Turns out though that the lids that come on those containers hold quite a controversy. Some sources say as long as they are reattached to their original container it’s okay to place them out with your curbside recycling. Other sources say that the melting point for lids is different than that of the containers, therefore the lids will contaminate the load. That leaves many of us with a collection of lids to use for crafting.




I have a rather large container full of all sorts of plastic lids, bottle caps and tops. Instead of wrestling with whether I should recycle them or throw them away, I save them and use them in fun art projects such as this one.


(So much so, that I have a craft book on bottle caps and plastic lids coming out in the spring!)


You will need:


  • Piece of cardboard
  • Scrapbook paper
  • 10 white (or green) plastic lids
  • 1 brown plastic lid
  • Handful of colored beads
  • 6 gold sequins
  • Yarn
  • Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Tacky Glue



Cover the cardboard with scrapbook paper using tacky glue.

Position your lids in the shape of a tree.

Once they are where you want them, glue them to the cardboard.


Add dots of glue to the plastic lids.

Place beads into the dots of glue.

Glue sequins at the top of the tree in the shape of a star.

Use yarn to make a simple hanger.


Hope you enjoyed this project with the kids! Have fun!

Project created by Amanda Formaro for I Love to Create. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and author of the  books "Rubber Band Mania" and "Duct Tape Mania", the first two in a series of craft books for kids. She has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.

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