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Putting a new spin on holiday decorations this year is as simple as heading for your recycling bin. Rescue those plastic bottles and tubs and turn them into delightful holiday stars. David and Robin Edgar, authors of Fantastic Recycled Plastic offer easy instructions (below) for snowflakes from white bottles, but any color will yield beautiful results.
The snowflake project is about as simple as they come and who says you can’t have blue, or red, green or multi-colored snowflakes if you wish?
- Cut four strips of white (or color of your choice) plastic, about 1⁄2 to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm) wide and about 8 inches (20.3 cm) long, from around the barrel section of a plastic bottle.
- Punch a 1⁄8-inch (3 mm) hole near the center of each strip, and trim the ends of each strip to a taper. Note: You can also detail the ends of the strips with pinking shears and various-shaped punches for a more decorative effect.
- Cut a piece of monofilament (fishing line), about 10 inches (25.4 cm) long, and tie a small loop in each end to serve as a hanger.
- Assemble your piece on a pop rivet* with one of the loops sandwiched in the middle.
- Alternate the orientation of the curve of each of the four plastic strips to give the piece good dimension.
- Arrange the strips, and pop the rivet using a backing washer and a compression block.
*If you don’t have a pop rivet, an ordinary paper fastener will also work.