With Christmas school holidays around the corner I am getting lots of enquiries about vacation care recycled craft programs. Given plastic waste is everywhere and that in Cairns we are on the ocean it makes sense to use single use plastic in craft projects as a medium for educating for sustainability and ocean clean up.
Our beautiful aluminium can angel decorations are loved by all and sundry and make terrific gifts when packaged as a set of six different coloured angels. However, those crafty little aluminium angels are too sharp for children to make and not suitable as gift toppers for children’s gifts.
Enter plastic milk bottles angel decorations: these little cherubs can be painted, written on or embellished with sparkly treasures (use a glue that sticks to plastic – I use Sellys Plastic Fix).
Child friendly (except for the glue gun), these precious recycled plastic angels take ten minutes to make and as long as you want to decorate with your Christmas message.
Meet enJoy, our child friendly recycled Christmas angel. Instructions:
You are going to need
- an adult to help with the cutting and gluing
- a 2 litre recycled plastic milk bottle per child (wash well so it doesn’t stink!)
- marking pen
- milk bottle lid
- recycled ribbon, string or a straw to hang the angel
- LOW TEMP glue gun (hot glue may melt the plastic and burn fingers)
What you are going to do:
- Cut the top off the plastic milk bottle and cut down one corner of the bottle from top to bottom (Keep the top for another project instead of throwing it out – the less plastic waste we collectively make, the better).
- Cut the bottom off the milk bottle (keep it for another project – plastic in land fill and ocean is bad).
- Halve your long strip of plastic panel from the middle section of the milk bottle and draw a circle on it. Cut around the outside of the circle and through both thickness of plastic. Because your plastic is doubled over, you will get two circles.
- One circle is the angel’s body and one the wings. For the body, make a cone piece: fold the circle in half and imagine where the middle point of the outer circumference is – through one thickness of plastic only, cut a straight line from that point up to the imaginary middle point of the fold.
- Make the Angels wings with the second circle of milk bottle plastic. Fold in half and hot glue gun to keep the halves together.
- Glue the remaining circle to resemble a cone piece, BUT, capture some recycled ribbon, wool, wire, string or a stray into the glueing process so that the Angel can be hung from a tree.
- Glue the wings to the back of the cone piece (flat piece is top, the curved section is the bottom of the wings). Leave enough wing at the top so that the angels head can be glued to the wings too. I guess where the half way point is so that half the wings are glued to the cone piece body and the top half is glued to the head.
- Use the bottle lid (or anything else you have – sometimes I use square bread tags or aluminium ring pulls) to represent the Angel’s head and halo. Glue into place, making sure you capture the recycled ribbon behind the milk bottle lid too.
Leave pure white (as above), or, decorate your milk bottle plastic angel with paint, marker pens, or embellish with buttons, lace, etc.
Is she gorgeous or what? So simple, so green (even though she is white), and so satisfying for the children to make their own recycled Christmas decorations. enJoy her.
Above is backward Joy and right is pure Joy atop our recycled Christmas tree (made completely from gift bows made from magazine – check out multi loop gift bows).
This Christmas, remember to keep talking garbage. Your trashy talk is needed to change our children’s future – I would LOVE for my grand children to still be able to swim in the ocean and see birds, marine species and breath the air. How about you?