Do you ever save bottle caps for future use in craft projects? In today’s post, I am sharing how to use some of them to create bottle cap winter animal ornaments. You can also see what a couple of our crafty friends made by recycling plastic lids into a creative holiday craft at the end of this post.
How to make the Recycled Bottle Cap Winter Animal Ornaments
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- bottle caps (milk jug, juice caps, Gatorade bottle caps, etc.)
- craft paint
- small paintbrush
- Glue Dots
- poms poms, various sizes
- pipe cleaners, tan and purple
- googly eyes and/or sticker eyes
- permanent markers (we used black, blue, and orange)
To hang the ornaments once finished, you can use the ornament hangers like pictured on the red snowflake (available in most Christmas aisles at any store). Otherwise you could hot glue a paper clip or string to the backside of each bottle cap ornament.
Bottle Cap Penguin Ornaments
Paint a white tummy on a black lid. If you need to, paint it black beforehand and let dry.
Once dry, add tiny googly eyes as well as tiny orange pom poms for the penguin feet. Use orange paint or use an orange Sharpie to make the beak. Use glue dots to add two teeny tiny pom pom penguin feet.
Suggested Book: Penguin’s Christmas Wish
Recycled Polar Bear Bottle Cap Ornament
Use a white cap to make the polar bear ornament. I couldn’t get the stamped date off it, so I traced the cap onto a sheet of white cardstock and then glued that circle to it. Add googly eyes and draw on a nose and mouth.
Use 2 of the smaller sized white pom poms to make the polar bear’s ears. Add pipe cleaner feet. Adhere all of these with glue dots or hot glue.
Suggested Book: The Three Snow Bears
Bottle Cap Snowy Owl Christmas Ornament Craft
Use a white bottle cap for the owl’s body. Add on googly/sticker eyes. Draw on a beak using a permanent marker or paint. Draw wing outlines and curved squiggly lines on the owl’s belly.
Bend and shape a white pipe cleaner to use as fluffy wings. Stick them on with Glue Dots. Use small pieces cut from a pipe cleaner to make the owl’s feet.
Suggested book: Owl Babies
Recycled Bottle Cap Reindeer Ornament
Use a brown bottle cap or add brown construction paper to the top of it like we did. Use the glue dots to stick on the red nose and the pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaner antlers are one longer piece with a bent smaller pipe cleaner piece twisted around it. Repeat for the other side.
Then, just add googly eyes.
Book Suggestion: Bob Board book by Sandra Boynton
Recycled Plastic Lids Craft Challenge
As promised, here are a couple awesome ways to use those bottle caps this holiday season: