Upcycle plastic containers to make these lovely and simple yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments!
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Make: Upcycled Yarn-Wrapped Snowflake Ornaments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love the month of December – we have family birthdays, I almost always get to play in a little snow, and everything feels bathed in the warm glow of holiday anticipation. There is one thing that always irks me though – the plastic. It’s EVERYWHERE.

In an attempt to keep a little plastic waste out of the landfill, I played around with ways to upcycle it for the holidays and came up with these lovely little yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments.

To make yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments you’ll need

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Yarn
  • Plastic packaging or containers
  • Scissors
  • Tissue, wrap or scrap paper
  • Clear tape or craft glue

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

Yarn-Wrapped Snowflake Ornament Instructions:

  1. Gather supplies

    Gather some plastic containers with flat sides, as well as a few of your favorite colors of yarn. If you’re going to be using our template, download it above and print.

    Upcycle plastic containers to make these lovely and simple yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments!
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  2. Draw or trace snowflake shapes on to clear plastic lids and cut along lines

    You can easily free-cut shapes, but if you like the ones we used, you can lay your plastic pieces over the template and trace with a dry-erase marker. Once you’ve traced your snowflake, trim and cut along the lines, then gently rub off the dry erase marker.

    Cutting lines into the snowflake shape will help secure your yarn in place as you wrap it to create a pattern.

    Upcycle plastic containers to make these lovely and simple yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments!
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  3. Wrap with yarn

    Now it’s time to add the yarn to your ornaments. Gently pull and thread your yarn through the cut lines in the plastic, creating fun patterns or randomly weaving back and forth to create lines and dimension.

    Upcycle plastic containers to make these lovely and simple yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments!
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  4. Secure yarn with a knot and trim, leaving 5-6 inches for hanging

    Once you’d finished weaving, tie-off your yarn. You can either trim off the excess or leave a long piece you can use to hang your ornament.

    Upcycle plastic containers to make these lovely and simple yarn-wrapped snowflake ornaments! | via barley & birch
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  5. Add a colorful backing

    Using the plastic pieces or our template, cut out simple shapes in the same size to create the snowflake backing. Fold the pieces in half or quarters, then cut any way you’d like to create paper snowflakes. Using a small piece of clear tape or craft glue, attach these to your plastic yarn-wrapped pieces.

Now you have beautiful yarn-wrapped ornaments! You can hang these on your tree, or use tape to hang them in a window. The plastic catches the sun and reflects the light to give these a beautiful shine – just like a real snowflake! For another lovely holiday upcycle, save incoming cardboard boxes and try making your own DIY peace and love wreath!

DIY snowflake suncatchers made from plastic container scraps. A wonderful winter recycled kids craft! | via barley & birch
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DIY snowflake suncatchers made from plastic container scraps. A wonderful winter recycled kids craft! | via barley & birch
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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