Our beautiful aluminium can Christmas decorations (first two pictured) are too sharp for children to make. But, you can recycle plastic milk bottles into angel decorations (third angel) that can be painted, written on or embellished with sparkly treasures. Child friendly (except for the glue gun), these precious recycled plastic milk bottle angels take ten minutes to make. Decorate in what ever way pleases you with your personal Christmas message.
Make Joy, our child friendly recycled Christmas decoration. Instructions:
- an adult to help with the cutting and gluing
- a recycled plastic milk bottle per child
- 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 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).
- Cut the bottom off the milk bottle (keep it for another project)
- 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 to represent the Angel’s head. Glue into place, making sure you capture the recycled ribbon behind the milk bottle lid too.
- Decorate your milk bottle plastic angel with paint, marker pens, or embellish with buttons, lace, etc.