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The Recycled Holiday Tree Challenge: Make Christmas and Holiday Ornaments From Recycled or Reused Products Fleece Sweater Ornam

Posted Dec 15 2009 12:35pm
Fleece and Paper plate snowmen ornaments

Due to the economic down-turn, this year has been tough financially for many. Finding creative ways to save money – like making creative and recycled Christmas ornaments seems like a simple way to celebrate at the holiday in a  non-materialistic way. This Recycled Holiday Tree Challenge is the perfect way Snowman sweater         to get started.  

To be placed on our incredible sustainable holiday tree, the decorations have to qualify by following the below rules:

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.

Above is a photo of cute embroidered snowmen ornaments remade from the  used fleece snowman sweater you see in the photo.

How To Make An Ornament From a Fleece Sweater and A Paper PlateSnowman fabric being glued to paper plates


Clean used fleece sweater or shirt

Used paper plates which are not oily or greasy

Hole puncher or sharp tool

Non-toxic glue


Ribbon or string


  1. Cut out embroidery or design on sweater in circles or tree shapes which are smaller than six inches.
  2. Glue onto old paper plate.
  3. Paper plate acts as a firm backing.
  4. Glue the back (paper plate side) of ornaments to another strip of fleece.
  5. Cut out ornaments exactly the same as the top shape. 
  6. Punch a hole in the top using hole puncher or sharp tool and thread with ribbon. Snowmen glued to backing fabric
  7. Hang on 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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