Kids can repurpose an empty plastic bottle or container into beautiful plastic icicle ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree!
Here’s another really easy homemade ornament that toddlers can make for the Christmas tree this year. They’re icicles made out of plastic containers from the recycling bin!
In hindsight, I could have left these plastic icicle ornaments until after Christmas, when we’ll still be making winter crafts without the holiday focus. I was so excited with the way they turned out though, I couldn’t wait until after Christmas to share them with you.
Don’t they look like real icicles?
The kids love it when icicles grow on the eaves of our house. they love it even more when they find one within reach, and they can snap it off and examine it. It always ends up with someone giving it a lick or two (ick), but that’s ok. I did the same as a kid. As long as the icicle hasn’t been there too long, it can’t have be all that bad, right? And hey, people eat snow ice cream all the time, so a lick or two of an icicle isn’t going to do much harm.
Despite our focusing on icicles today, the weather this morning was incredible for this time of year. By 10:30am, the thermometer on our deck read 10ºC which is about 50ºF! It felt more like a spring day than a winter one, but Christmas is right around the corner, so an icicle craft it is.
The nice thing about the icicles we were making today is that there was no fear of them melting in the warm sunshine. HA!
Ok! Let’s make them!
To make our plastic icicle ornaments, you’ll need:
- exacto knife
- plastic container (see below)
- clear glue
- paint brush
- 2 tbsp of fine white glitter
- jar with lid
- hole punch
- string or metallic thread for hanging
Making our icicles:
To prepare our icicles, I used an exacto-knife to cut irregular, jagged shapes out of a plastic dish detergent bottle. I was able to get quite a few icicles from the one bottle, and then I dug out a plastic package that had held raspberries, and I cut out a few more. Go ahead and use any clear, plastic container you have in your recycling bin. You just need to make sure that A) it’s large enough to cut a decent sized icicle out of, and B) the edges aren’t so sharp that they’ll cut anyone’s fingers.
Once you have your icicles cut out, you’ll need to punch a hole in the top of each one.
Now you’re ready to roll.
Next, have the children paint the plastic icicles with a bit of clear school glue.
I have to interrupt for a sec.
Look at the price tag on our glue!
It was marked down to TWENTY-NINE CENTS at Michael’s the other day. I picked up 8 bottles because because I was quite sure I’d never see Elmer’s glue priced so low again.
Don’t worry if the kids don’t cover the whole icicle with glue. You don’t need to, actually.
Your icicles will have a more realistic, frosty look if you just brush of glue here and there and around the edges.
Now for some silly fun!
Have the kids pop an icicle into the jar of glitter, and screw the lid on tight. This in itself will be an exercise for the toddlers!
Then… Shakey-shakey-shakey, shake it all you can…
Now, for the big reveal….
Un-cap your jar and remove your sparkly icicle ornament!
Isn’t it beautiful?
Thread a piece of string or ribbon through the hole in the top, and your plastic icicle ornament is ready to hang on your Christmas tree.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.