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The Recycled Holiday Ornament Challenge: Make Christmas and Holiday Ornaments Out of Recycled or Reused Products Soda Can Snowf

Posted Dec 22 2009 2:08pm

Blue Aluminum Can Snowflake Ornaments

One of the most precious resources we have is aluminum, it is versatile in its uses and fully recyclable. According to The Aluminum Association, “Of the 100.6 billion aluminum cans shipped in the U.S. in 2006, 51.6 percent (52 billion) were recycled. Almost 90 percent of automotive aluminum is reclaimed and recycled. Recycling of aluminum saves energy and avoids some 95 percent of the emissions associated with making new aluminum from ore.”

For the every day person, the easiest way to help reclaim aluminum is to do it via  soda can recycling. We can recycle the aluminum directly (local metal recyclers will pay for aluminum), or reuse the aluminum ourselves in creative ways. One of Cut top off, slice walls of soda can     these ways is to make an aluminum can into a holiday ornament. We are going to do this for the Recycled Holiday Ornament Challenge.

Recycled Holiday Tree Challenge Rules – the components must be - 

  1. Reused, or
  2. Recycled, or
  3. Garage Sale Purchased, or
  4. From a Resale Shop, or
  5. From the Natural Environment

Any craft parts beyond glue, staples, and needle/thread also need to be from a resale shop or disassembled and reused from a previous source.

How To Make A Snowflake Ornament From An Aluminum Soda Can


Soda Cans, rinsed and driedTwirling aluminum strips with pencil



Protective glove to prevent cuts

Pliers (optional)

Spray paint (optional)

How To:

Cut the top off of an aluminum soda can.

Using the scissors, cut slices down the walls of the can so that, when spread out, the can walls resemble a sun burst. (see photo).

With the tip of your scissors, pliers, or with a pencil, twirl the aluminum into fantastical snowflake shapes.

Be careful as the edge of the aluminum is very sharp and might cut your hands and fingers.

Lay out flat and spray paint if you like as a final touch, although remember this is not part of the challenge; using no paint would be best since it would be better for the environment. Let dry completely before you hang the ornament on the tree.

Please send photos and links so we can see what you have done with holiday trees to help save the landfills. Thanks!

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

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