Easiest Prettiest Ornament You’ll Ever Make

By Liesl Clark

Items Needed:

1 Plastic Lid

Non-stick cooking oil or spray


Leftover beads, sequins, glitter, sparkly crap

We even used some small shells from the beach

Piece of ribbon or yarn

All you need is a plastic dairy tub lid, like a large yogurt container lid. The 4″ wide version works well but you can use a small one too for a smaller ornament. Spray or lightly oil with non-stick cooking oil. Then pour glue into the lid. Start placing your items in the glue spaced nicely around and don’t be shy just throw it all in there. Be sure to also stick a loop of yarn or ribbon at the top to act as your hanging ribbon. Wait for a couple of days for the glue to dry. If you place your lids in the sun or in a warm place the drying time goes faster. When it’s dry, just flex the lid around a bit and the ornament will come off easily! You end up with a pretty ornament that glows and sparkles with Christmas lights behind it. Easy!

Easy Peasy Pretty Ornament From a Plastic Lid Mold

Easy Peasy Pretty Ornament From a Plastic Lid Mold

Looking for more ornaments from objects found in your home? Visit our Trash Backwards app for some great upcycling and reuse ideas:

Click Through for Trash to Treasure Ornaments at Trash Backwards

Click Through for Trash to Treasure Ornaments at Trash Backwards

If you have a favorite upcycled ornament to share with us, please do and we’ll include it in our app.

Tags: , , , ,

Categories: DIY, Repurpose and Reuse, Trash Pile - All Our Stuff


Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

6 Comments on “Easiest Prettiest Ornament You’ll Ever Make”

  1. December 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    What kind of glue?

    • December 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Jennifer:
      We (my kids and I) used standard Elmer’s School glue. We buy it in bulk and refill our small bottles with it.
      — Liesl

  2. December 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Very pretty, I love the transparency of the ornament.

    • December 21, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Hi Winter Owls! That’s what makes this one so appealing. We were surprised at how pretty all our little collectibles look preserved in school glue. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


  1. Have Yourself a Handmade Christmas « Trash Backwards - December 20, 2012

    […] so many wonderful projects to undertake together: Wreath making, gingerbread house constructing, ornament crafting, cookie baking, tree-finding, gift-making, creative wrapping, card-garlanding. Every day our […]

  2. The Frugal Santa: Doll Ornaments « Trash Backwards - December 21, 2012

    […] of our ornaments are handmade or free finds we’ve rescued from the landfill. That’s not to say our tree looks like […]

What can you add? Please share your ideas.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: