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Milk Bottle Cap Ornament

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Get even the littlest hands involved with this environmentally-friendly holiday project. Recycled plastic bottle caps make fun mini-frames for playful holiday papers on this Mini Bottle Cap Ornament.  You could even place little photos of your family within these little bottle caps for a cute ornament that you can give to grandparents or parents for Christmas.

Milk Bottle Cap Recycled Christmas Ornament


  • 3" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Ball
  • Recycled red and green milk bottle caps, 16
  • Holiday scrapbook papers of choice
  • Ribbon: red double-sided satin, 1/8" x 1/4 yd.; holiday taffeta, 1/2" x 1/3 yd.
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Small round paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Circle craft punch, 1" or 1-1/4", or compass
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue



  1. Wash and dry all bottle caps. Use glue gun to glue two bottle caps to opposite sides of foam ball, rim up or down as desired. Glue remaining bottle caps to ball, evenly spaced around first two. Fill in empty areas with remaining bottle caps as needed.
  2. Punch circles from scrapbook papers to decorate caps; use 1" punch for inside cap and 1 1/4" punch for top of cap. Note: If craft punches are unavailable, use compass and pencil to draw circles on back of paper; cut out with scissors. Use white glue to adhere circles to caps.
  3. Knot ends of 1/8" wide ribbon. Place dot of glue on knot and use skewer to push knot into top of ornament. Tie remaining ribbon into bow; glue to base of hanging loop.
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this is a great idea. Can you use regular glue instead of a glue gun?

Thank you for improving the log in process.

Cool idear ;)

this is a really cue idea and easy for children to do. in fact i think im going to make it. i am also saving the scoops from the iced tea. i think some beads,a hole punch for a ribbon would make an ideal ornament

I think this idea is very cute. My granddaughters will love making this ornament. Last year I decided that the tree would be decorated with ornaments made be the grandchildren. The tree really looked great. See I never throw away any ornament so I have quite a collection of ornaments from the very first time I had my own tree. I didn't want them broken, hence children- made ornaments. I will not throw away this ornament either. This is really recycling at its best.

You have to realize that this and all the other ideas published here that use Styrofoam balls are coming from the manufacturer of the balls, so of course they want us to buy lots of them. Yes, they are very bad for the environment, they never completely disappear, just break down to small fragments and pose a danger to birds and wildlife humans. The company should be working on biodegradable plastics so that we can feel good about crafting with them.

Isn't Styrofoam bad for the environment I mean that it takes very long to return to the earth, so why are we still finding ways to buy more. Try using something like a paper cup that will look like bells.

This idea is so cute! My sisters will love it I am sure. You see this year we are decorating our tree with mostly homemade items. I was trying to find projects that didn't take up a lot of time or expenses and didn't look trashy. Well, this is actually use trash in a creative and exquisite way.


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