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How To Recycle Plastic Bottle – DIY Pom Pom Ornament

Christmas might be over for the year, but that doesn’t mean at all that I’m over the idea of making winter themed crafts, decor pieces, and ornaments! Where I live, there are still several months of winter left, so I’ve got quite a bit of winter crafting left in me yet. Recently, I taught my kids how to make homemade yarn pom poms for the first time, so it’s been a huge theme in our house to incorporate that technique in essentially anything we’re making lately. That’s how these cute plastic bottle and pom pom ornaments came about!

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament

When my kids realized that the finished product looked awesome hanging in the window, they actually made several of them in all different colours. I decided to play along and I even documented the steps for how I created my favourite one so far. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A small plastic bottle with a plastic top (like a travel sized liqueur bottle or a novelty holiday pop bottle)
  • White and gold yarn
  • A glue stick
  • Regular scissors
  • Curved nail scissors

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament materials

Step 2:

Unscrew the lid from your bottle and set the bottle itself aside for the moment. Then use the pointed tips of your curved nail scissors to very carefully pierce a hole in the centre of the bottle’s plastic lid. Later on, you’ll add a loop here so that you can hang your ornament.

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament prepare bottle

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament cap

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament little hole

Step 3:

Use your larger scissors to cut off the top of your bottle, about an inch below the bottom of the neck. You’ll use this top piece for your ornament; you can recycle the bottom half.

Plastic bottle pom pom ornament cutting half