Repurpose an empty plastic container into beautiful plastic plastic icicles that look just like real icicles. Great Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers to make!
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!
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). That can’t be all that bad, right? 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 get crafting!
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.
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, punch a hole in the top of each one.
Next, have the children paint the plastic icicles with a bit of clear school glue.
Don’t worry if the kids don’t cover the whole icicle with glue. Your icicles will have a more realistic, frosted look if you just brush the glue here and there and around the edges.
Now for some 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 shake, shake, shake!
Now, for the big reveal! Take the lid off the 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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