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Affordable Holiday Decor Inspiration
It seems like ages since I've written a crafting article. But, I have a good excuse: I've been busy conjuring up some cool new and fun Christmas decoration ideas to share with all of you. Being creative takes time, so do bear with me. My goal here and in the next few articles I am planning on publishing is to keep holiday decorating as affordable and enjoyable as possible. I know how expensive it can get during the holidays, so my goal is to try to keep those costs down for those who love crafting.
So, enjoy yourself and get those creative juices flowing. Now grab your favorite cup of tea or coffee and have some fun. You know, Christmas is only 146 days from when I'm writing this; that's not very long when there are so many decorations and gifts to make! Besides, isn't it less stressful when you start early? Just saying!
Recycling a Diet Coke Can Into a Fabulous Ornament
This first ornament that I've chosen to make is simple; this angel is made from an empty Diet Coke can. She is lightweight and looks fabulous on the Christmas tree, where the shiny part of the can will reflect the tree lights nicely. She can also be used to decorate a wrapped gift as a tag—so, in your creative wisdom, I am sure you will find numerous ways in which to use this little cutie during the holidays.
You can also use different types of beverage cans to make her out of; the sky is the limit. Angels are my personal favorite, and who doesn't like receiving a beautiful handmade angel at Christmas, anyway? My Diet Coke angel ornament will bring your tree to life! Everyone will admire her, not just because she is so adorable, but because you took the time to make her especially for them.
Start a New Tradition of Crafting at Christmas
So, stay tuned for more of my handmade decorations, along with some very cute wooden and fabric ornaments which I will share in the next few articles. Why not make Christmas more fun this year by starting a new tradition? Start by scheduling time to create handmade projects with your family or your friends. It will be a blessing—guaranteed! See you soon.
- 1 Diet Coke can, cleaned and dried
- ½” pearl bead
- 16” piece of thin red ribbon
- Small silver star
- Small bling gem (clear)
- Small round jewelry piece for the halo (ribbon can be used, too)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sharp scissors
- Cut into the can where the serving information area is shown and make a straight line.Then cut all around the top portion of the can, trying to keep as straight as you can. Be very careful not to cut yourself, so handle carefully.
- Do the same for the bottom part of the can—discard those pieces or use them for other projects.
- Copy the pattern for the heart and body onto cardboard to have for tracing.
- Trace the heart and body onto the aluminum pieces and cut out as straight as possible. Keep in mind that the pieces will want to curve inward. That will make it easy to shape the dress for the angel—as you will see in the next step.
- With hot glue after you shape the dress, glue the backside and carefully hold it in place till the glue is secure and dried. Make sure the opening at the top is smaller than the pearl.
- Glue the pearl onto the top of the dress and hold it in place.
- Take the 16” piece of ribbon, cut an 8” piece for hanging, and use the remainder to make the small bow. Fold the 8” piece in half and glue to the inside of the wings. Then glue the two small pieces for the hands in place, folding pieces towards front of dress. (Look at the picture for placement info.)
- Add large amounts of glue to the inside of the wings and place the body onto them securely, leaving the top portion of the ribbon out for hanging. The arms will be sticking out, so overlap and glue those together in front and add the star in the center.
- Glue the jewelry piece to the top of the head for the halo (or use ribbon or any gold cord that you can make a halo out of).
- Finally, glue the small bow under the head, and then glue the gem on top.
These can be made with any of your favorite beverage cans—so keep recycling!
Questions & Answers
Question: Aren’t the edges of the Christmas ornament pieces sharp? Did you sand or cover the edges in any way?
Answer: The edges are sharp so be very careful when cutting the coke can, I have never been cut making these.
Question: Is this the orignal size pattern for the coke can angel?
Answer: Yes the size of the pattern is the size the angel will be.
Mary Gaines (author) from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on December 17, 2015:
Hi Tammy, not sure which craft you are referring to. Sorry!!
Tammy OBrien on December 17, 2015:
Where can i find the insrtuctions for the paper towel roll hot chocolate
Mary Gaines (author) from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on November 06, 2013:
Hi ladyjane1, thanks and do try it. It really is easy to make but be careful when cutting.....blessings sis!!!
ladyjane1 from Texas on November 05, 2013:
This is cute gonna have to try it....cheers!
Mary Gaines (author) from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on August 03, 2013:
Thanks holyjeans30 appreciate it - I love pinterest - it's so cool!!
Amy D. from Mostly in My Own Little World on August 03, 2013:
Love this!!! Pinned!