I was at work this morning when a couple of Youth Group girls from the church I work at asked me for some craft ideas for a Christmas Party they were hosting at a Home for Seniors with Disabilities. They had already planned the carols they were singing and an activity, but needed a craft or two that a nine or ten year old could handle (mental age of most of the residents). Did I mention our youth group has garnered awards for their social justice and service programs?
So being the miser that I am (although I prefer the terms "frugal" and "upcycler"), I thought what a great size to pop into bottle caps and make a Christmas tree. Problem was, I hadn't been saving any bottle caps! Then I thought, I don't necessarily need the bottle caps, let's see what they look like by themselves.
Hmm, pretty plain, if you ask me. So I used some metallic glitter glue around each of the circle images and by golly, they look like bottle caps! I dimensionally popped them onto my green cardstock tree frame, gave my tree a leg (or limb) to stand on and adhered it to this awesome patterned paper from Me & My Big Ideas paper stack. I added some jute lace ribbon, which was recycled from packaging on a gift I received (thank you, Liz, for the chocolates and the ribbon). Of course, every tree needs a star, but my brown rose with glittered leaves looks perfect perched on top.
Meanwhile, take a cocoa break and breathe deeply. relax your shoulders, stretch your neck, and be in the moment, right now, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.