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Bright Holiday Ornaments

Turn recycled CDs into bedazzling holiday ornaments. Create family keepsakes that sparkle!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Discuss with students about the symbols that are used at various holidays such as Chanukah or Christmas. Begin a class discussion about why recycling is a responsible choice.
    2. Use recycled CDs as the base for ornaments to decorate at almost any holiday. First, trace around the CD on paper with Crayola Markers. Cut out two circles for each ornament with Crayola Scissors.
    3. For a Chanukah ornament, draw a Star of David, dreidel, or other holiday symbol on two circles. Cut them out. Draw another Chanukah symbol in the center, such as a menorah. Color the symbols. Use a Crayola Glue Stick to attach one to each side of a CD. The shiny CD will show all around.
    4. To make a Christmas ornament like the one shown, draw curved stripes across two circles. Alternate widths, starting with a thick stripe, then a thin stripe, and so on. Color the thick stripes. Cut out the stripes. Discard the thin stripes. Glue on the stripes to fit the shape of the CD. Leave space where the thin stripes would have fit so the shiny CD shows through.
    5. Cut yarn to make hanger for the ornaments. Tuck the yarn behind the paper on the each side of the ornament or thread it through the hole in the center.
    6. Embellish one side of the ornament with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue completely.
    7. Turn the ornament over and embellish the other side. Air-dry. Students present to classmates and explain why they chose the symbols. Consider giving the ornament as a gift!
  • Standards

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts or relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Students make ornaments for other holidays such as Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, etc.

    In the spring of the school year, students chronicle the major events of the school year by making ornaments to represent each of the grade level events. Encourage students to incorporate major learnings, field trip events, class picnics, character education issues, etc. Hold a class ceremony to hang the ornaments in a public school area for all students to see.


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