A recycled Christmas project using plastic lids, fishing line and some anchors.

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX

I have a habit of saving plastic containers from Chinese food, butter, sour cream, ice cream, whatever comes in plastic. I use them for leftovers throughout the year but eventually I end up with a lot of lids and no bowls so I came up with a Christmas project for the kids and I to do to use those lids and decorate the outside of our home.

For this project you will need:

Spray paint in several colors (we used red, green, silver and purple)

(buy it, look in your garage, ask your neighbors if they have some to get rid of)

Fishing line

plastic lids in various sizes

Fishing weights (I used the snap on kind)

surgical mask to wear while spray painting

gloves to keep paint off of your hands

hole punch (I used a leather hole punch)


needle nose pliars

Begin by seperating the lids evenly and laying them out on a tarp or something you don't mind getting paint on it. We also cut some small ones in the shape of stars if you want to take this to another level.

Using your paints, first spray one side, let dry for an hour then flip and paint the reverse side. Some lids may require several coats.

Once dry, use a hole punch to punch a hole near the top of the lids.

Cut several pieces of fishing line and string them through the holes.

Add a weight to each line to give the ornament more weight because wind tends to make them fly!

Once the ornament is completed, hang them in trees around your yard or use light clips to hang them from the roof of your house.

The end result is a very colorful mostly environmentally friendly (forgive the spray paint) project that brightens up your yard without the use of electricity.


This is the clip we used to attach the ornament to the roof, just tie one end of the fishing line to the hook. Tie it tight so it doesn't come off.

I hope my husband doesn't mind me using his fishing line! Too late now.

the wind was blowing pretty hard when I took this photo but you get the idea.


Comments (2)

RE/MAX Premier Group - Tampa, FL

Great idea! Thanks for thinking about our environment!

Dec 09, 2009 01:30 AM
Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene

Thank you Katerina.

Dec 09, 2009 01:37 AM