Christmas decorations can be costly and often lacking in personality and pizazz. How about making this year a recycled Christmas? Create some dangling festive orbs that reflect your inner eco warrior! Personalise your decor and dazzle folks with your crafty skills. Your tree will be the jazziest in town AND you’ll be saving the environment too!


You will need:

  • Plastic milk bottle lids (preferably green)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Stencil
  • Craft string (red)
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors

How to:

  • Clean and dry your lids. Stinky milk is hardly the festive aroma we’re looking for.
  • Lay down a sheet of newspaper. You don’t want to end up with paint all over the joint!
  • Open the windows to avoid fumigating yourself.
  • Place your stencil in the center of the lid, press it down firmly for a crisp line.

  • Carefully spray an even layer of paint and leave to dry. I bought a few stencils so was able to get a little production line going. If you are a crafting pro you could make your own and get crazy with the designs. I am somewhat lazy and happened to find these tiny snowflakes which did the job perfectly.

  • They should be touch dry in about 10 minutes (check on the back of the can for drying times) if it looks blotchy give it another layer. Once this side is dry turn it over and spray the back.
  • This next step Is VERY effective although I don’t recommend it! I heated up the end of a screw driver on the cooker top and then pushed it through the side of the lid to make a hole. It worked well but half way through I noticed the smell and realised I was probably inhaling poisonous plastic fumes! You could use a hole punch, or a knife or even maybe a corkscrew.

  • When the lid is dry carefully peel off the stencil. Once I had stenciled all my lids I left them to dry completely over night.

For the hanger;

  •  Cut off a length of craft string, about 3 inches long. I chose red because combined with gold and green they are the ULTIMATE Christmas combo.

  • Poke the string through in a loop and tie the end inside the lid into a knot. Trim off the ends.

VOILA! There you have it, a use for bottle tops. Unrecyclable, single use nasties transformed into BEAUTIFUL Christmas decorations. Who’d have thought it?!