DIY Repurposed Christmas Garland

6:06:00 AM

This project is a teaching lesson for all of us.

Plastic recycled applesauce top garland for Christmas

In case you don't already know, I am a part-time preschool teacher in my spare time. I teach Pre-Kindergarten and have been teaching young children for 32 years. 

Every once in a while I find a teaching moment when I least expect it. This time it was during snack time. 

Gogo squeeze recycled applesauce tops

My school provides the children with snack and we often have this applesauce as one of the choices. 

Instead of throwing out the tops every day I suggested to the children that we save them and find a way to reuse them.

We brainstormed ideas about what we thought they could be used for... airplane propellers was the most popular.  

I had the children save the tops in a big jar for a couple of months and before we knew it we filled up the jar twice!

I brought the first batch of tops home and washed them, then laid them out on a paper towel to dry.

Washing and drying applesauce tops for cleaning and recycling project

When they dried I used a hammer and a small screwdriver to punch a hole in each top... yeah that was a job!

Making holes in the top of recycled applesauce tops to make Christmas garland

We also saved a few tops from another brand of applesauce and I grabbed all the red ones and drilled a hole in the top. 

Using waxed twine I began stringing the tops. Ten green then one red, ten green then one red....

Recycled Applesauce tops make festive Christmas garland

Before I knew it my garland was about 8 feet long!

String recycled applesauce tops to create a festive Christmas garland

I think this silly plastic garland looks amazing! 

Recycled and repurposed applesauce top garland

It is such an awesome lesson to teach children... what else can you do with things rather than putting it into the trash. 

Recycled applesauce tops into festive holiday garland

I have at least this many more tops back at the classroom. 

I'm going to punch more holes in them and have the children give it a try during December when we will use them to decorate our classroom for the holidays. It is a great lesson on recycling as well as fine motor and counting. 


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  1. OMG!! That is so clever! Would love for you to stop by and link your garland up to More The Merrier Monday.


  2. I just had to comment since at first, I thought you had recycled a model of the backbone. Too funny, you really were very creative in your recycling project, I bet the children will be pleased.


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