Making Christmas decorations from recycled material 47



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Here are two easy to make Christmas decorations that look fabulously festive. Even better – they are made from old aluminium cans!


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What you need:

  • Empty aluminium cans
  • Old scissors


Star Decorations

  1. Using an old pair of scissors, cut off the top of the can, then trim the rough edges.
  2. Cut down from the top to about 1cm from the base of the can, cutting strips all around the can. Bend the strips down level with base. Vary the way you cut the strips to obtain different designs.
  3. Use a nail to punch a hole at the end of one strip to thread cord through to act as a hanger.


Here are a few design ideas:

  • Cut all strips an equal distance apart, make them very narrow.
  • Cut all strips an equal distance apart but this time, make them wide
  • Cut strips alternatively narrow and wide.
  • Curl the ends of the strips over a pencil or biro, or leave them straight and cut the ends to a point.
  • Cut alternate strips to points and curl the remainder.
  • Use your imagination to create your own variations.


Candle Holder

  1. Cut an aluminium can down in the same way as for the stars.
  2. This time making narrow strips all around the can to about 5cm from the base.
  3. Curl the edges to the outside over a pencil or biro. Sit the candle in the bottom of the container.

*Tip: You can spray paint the starts or candle holders in beautiful Christmas colours for an extra festive feel. You can also use the candle holders to store sweet treats. 


Do you have any fun, creative and inexpensive ways to make Christmas decorations? 


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Nan Bosler

Nan Bosler has been heavily involved in volunteer community work for almost 60 years holding positions ranging from member to National President in a number of organisations. She has worked with and for people of all age groups and levels of ability, with particular emphasis on the needs of older people and those with a disability. She is a published author and has presented at conferences in both Australia and overseas. She revels in the fact that she is a great grandmother. Nan feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she first went to University and has five tertiary qualifications. Nan is the foundation president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and seeks to empower older people by helping them use modern technology.

  1. I used to make Xmas and many other decorations .. the last of which I noticed is now part of my daughter’s Xmas Decos. I did a few handcraft afternoons with elderly people back in my Volunteer days .. I started with 2 -3 dozen small teddy bears, some miles of net and lace .. cut and sewed dozens of tutus trimmed with lace and spent the afternoon showing them how to fit the tutu on the teddy and then add sequns ribbons or flowers to their own taste. They had a ball .. even some of the men had a go at it. My one remaining demo model has now become a family tree trimmer. I also gave them a lesson on making Angels using small Kewpie dolls and the wire edged ribbon that can be gathered into a skirt and then added ready made wings and a sparkling pipe cleaner as halo. All bits I could easily find at Spotlight for a reasonable price.!

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