Wondering how to keep the kids busy during the school holidays? Looking for lovely decorations for your Christmas tree or festive table? We’ve designed two simple yet stunning ornaments using recycled NutriDay yoghurt containers – and we hope you’ll give our tubs a second life by making these merry models.

Set aside an afternoon to make these with the kids, or make many over a few weeks and use them to decorate your special festive table click here for fabulous table inspiration!

And if you’d like to make some gorgeous paper angels, click here to download a free template and full instructions.

Crafting tips for these models
  • You may need more than one coat of paint to cover the NutriDay tubs. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before adding a second coat.
  • Closely follow the directions on the can for applying layers of spray paint, and do this outside!
  • When you’re using contact glue, it’s best to apply a thin film to both surfaces. Leave to dry for a minute, until the glue is ‘tacky’, then firmly press the surfaces together.
  • You can also use superglue or a hot glue gun to make these models, but these must only be handled by adults. If you’re using a glue gun, don’t let it get too hot, or it may melt the plastic tubs.
To make the Christmas tree

pinecone

What You’ll Need
  • One 150g NutriDay yoghurt tub. Peel off the plastic wrapper, wash out in hot soapy water, rinse, and allow to dry
  • Red acrylic or poster paint, and a paintbrush
  • A pine cone – look out under pine trees in your area for fallen cones
  • Gold spray paint
  • A sheet of newspaper
  • Gold glitter
  • Contact adhesive, and/or a glue gun
  • Narrow green ribbon for decorating the tub and making a bow
1. Paint the outside and the top rim of the NutriDay tub red and place in the sun to dry.
2. Lightly coat the top and sides of the pine cone with gold spray and allow to dry.
3. Place the pine cone upright on a sheet of newspaper. Dab a little contact glue all over cone, and immediately sprinkle with gold glitter. Leave to dry for 10 minutes, then turn upside down and shake hard to remove excess glitter.
4. Apply glue around the upper inside rim of the tub, then press the bottom of the pine cone against the glue, making sure it is standing up straight. Leave to dry for ten minutes.
5. Cut a length of narrow green ribbon long enough to wrap around below the rim of the tub, plus one extra centimetre.
6. Apply a line of glue right around the tub, below the rim, and neatly press the ribbon onto the glue. Join the ends together at the back of the tub, folding the end of the ribbon under and securing with another dab of glue.
7. If you’d like to make a matching bow for the front of the tub, click here for easy video instructions: How to Make a Bow

To Make the Bell

bell

What You’ll Need
  • One 150 g NutriDay yoghurt tub, cleaned as per the instructions above
  • Gold spray paint
  • Contact adhesive, and/or a glue gun
  • A green bow, or green satin ribbon for making your own bow
  • Extra pretty decorations of your choice
  • Thin gold ribbon, for making a hanging loop

1. Spray-paint the outside of the tub gold and set in the sun to dry.
2. Glue a bow to the top of the bell, as shown in the picture. To find out how to hand-make an easy bow using satin ribbon, click here for video instructions.
3. Add any extra decorations of your choice to the top of the bell. We’ve used a holly leaf and berries in our picture (you can find these in a cake-decorating shop), but you could add a bit of tinsel, some bright shiny beads, or a tiny ornament of your choice.
4. Now create a loop so you can hang your bell on the tree. Cut a 7-cm length of thin gold ribbon. To make a loop, create an upside-down teardrop shape by crossing over the ends of the ribbon, as shown here, and glue the ends to the top of the bell.

We’d love to see your Christmas ornaments! Post pictures of your creations on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below telling us what festive crafts you’ll be making with the kids during the holidays