DIY Repurposed Christmas Garland

This project is a teaching lesson for all of us. If you've got kids or grandchildren you probably use a lot of these plastic lids! 

Plastic recycled applesauce top garland for Christmas

In case you don't already know, I was a part-time preschool teacher. 

I taught Pre-Kindergarten and I taught young children for 35 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 applesauce

My school provided the children with snack and we often had 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

When they dried I used a hammer and a small screwdriver to punch a hole in each top... 

yeah that was a job!

hammering a nail through applesauce tops

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!

plastic applesauce top garland

I think this silly plastic garland looks amazing! 

plastic lid garland and overlay

garland hanging from vintage meat grinder

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 top garland and large hutch

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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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .