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5 student upcycle ideas for this holiday season

Posted by Grace Noyola on Nov 16, 2017 9:03:04 AM


The holiday season is upon us, and with these DIY upcycle ideas, you can immerse your kids in the festivities using materials you might find around the house, in the recycling bin, or for little to no cost at a local convenience store.

Mason jar lid ornaments.png

Materials list:

  • Mason jar lids
  • String, ribbon, twine, rope, etc.
  • Glue - your choice, supervise with a glue-gun, tacky glue, super glue, etc.
  • Scissors

Transform old mason jar lids into quick and easy decorations using only a few materials. Let your students take them home for the holidays, or use them to deck out your classroom in holiday cheer.

Full instructions here.


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Materials list:

  • Crew length old socks (preferably white)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Assorted buttons
  • Glue - your choice, supervise with a glue-gun, tacky glue, super glue, etc.

Everyone has an old sock laying around; challenge your kids to bring in two to three spare socks from their home for this project, and in no time at all you’ll have an army of sock snowmen for your classroom.  

Full instructions here.


Christmas candy tins.png

Materials list:

  • Variety of assorted cans (label removed, cleaned and dried)
  • Paint, in assorted holiday colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Tissue paper
  • Candy (recommend Hershey’s kisses or other bite size candy)

With this project, your kids can make their own custom candy can that they can either take home, or leave on their desk to enjoy throughout the holiday. A simple, quick and easy craft, it’s perfect for sharing sweet treats and inviting students to get in touch with their artistic side.

Full instructions here.

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Materials list:

  • Double-sided tape
  • Paint chips
  • Foam glitter stars/other embellishments
  • Sticker rhinestones or other stick-on decorations
  • Cardstock or construction paper

Help your students surprise their families this holiday season with these DIY holiday cards. Using construction paper and FREE paint chips, your kids can create personalized and memorable cards to share with their loved ones. Challenge them to come up with unique messages on the inside, and enjoy this bargain craft!

Full instructions here.

recycled k-cup advent calendar.png

Materials list:

  • 25 used Keurig K-cups (completely emptied and rinsed)
  • 2 inch hole punch
  • Patterned paper
  • Tape roller
  • Green cardboard (or cardboard painted green)
  • Dimensional glitter sticky numbers
  • Glue - your choice, supervise with a glue-gun, tacky glue, super glue, etc.
  • Mini candy bars

For those prepared to undertake a next-level upcycle project, this Christmas tree advent calendar is the perfect challenge. If you want to add purpose to the calendar, use it as a way to recognize one student each day, letting them grab a piece of candy at the end of the day.

Full instructions here. 


Loving these ideas? Try them out with your class and tag us on Facebook to share your success!


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