Check out this Ornament craft for kids using PLASTIC CUPS! This the cutest project that kids will love to make for Christmas.
I stumbled upon an incredible concept on tik tok. A teacher ingeniously engages her students in crafting delightful gifts for their parents during the Christmas season. The sheer brilliance of this project compels me to spread the word! Interestingly, it evokes memories of my own hot rocks project, a gratifying and enjoyable craft that children are bound to adore.
Caution! Exercise caution while melting plastic as it may emit hazardous fumes. Even though this particular project is odorless during the melting process, it doesn’t imply that the fumes are non-existent!
The plastic cups hold the secret. You must acquire those adorned with the enchanted 6 symbol. This extraordinary plastic possesses the astounding ability to liquefy, reminiscent of the magical shrinky dink material!
How to make a Plastic cup Ornament craft for kids
Step 1: Prep the area
Set the oven to the Broil setting. Place the cookie sheet on the middle rack and cover it with aluminum foil.
Step 2: Decorate
Unleash your artistic vision and sketch your unique design. Witness the mesmerizing transformation as these cups gracefully dissolve, offering a captivating glimpse into the intricate details of your creation, albeit on a smaller scale. Immerse yourself in the process of embellishing these cups, investing your precious time in crafting enchanting decorations. This delightful activity provides an ideal platform for children to proudly showcase their boundless creativity.
Step 3: Melt into ornament
Arrange the cups, with their faces down, onto the baking sheet and carefully position it inside the oven. Observe closely as the cups gradually begin to liquefy, which typically takes around 5 seconds. The entire process should be completed within approximately 30 seconds. Watch in awe as the cups transform, forming mesmerizing bubbles as they flatten out.
I pulled mine out before they melted all the way down and I had to place them back in the Oven.to flatten them out. So give them a little time to melt all the way down. Immediately after taking out of the oven, I press a metal or porcelain bowl with a flat bottom on top of them. It presses out any wrinkles or curves!
Step 4: Cool
Allow to cool. Fortunately, this process only requires a few minutes!
Step 5: Add extra embellishments to your ornament
Feel free to incorporate additional embellishments to enhance the overall design. In the tik tok video I viewed, they cleverly included names and dates, which made these gifts from kids to parents even more special! It’s also an option to leave the top section blank and leave it uncolored, allowing you to affix a picture to create a charming frame-like effect. As for me, I decided to include some photos by simply cutting them out and securely gluing them onto the cup.
Step 6: Ornament Hanging supplies
Take your Hole punch.and add a hole. It pops right through. Add in Ribbon., string, or yarn to hang on the tree!
It’s truly that simple But TRULY that AWESOME!
Troubleshooting and Questions on how to make these ornaments:
Do it have to be 7 oz cups?
We experimented with 5-ounce ones, and they performed admirably. However, the 16-ounce ones were a complete disaster! Their excessive size caused them to curl and melt the surface before achieving a flat finish. I reckon the 9-ounce and 12-ounce versions would work just as effectively though! Nevertheless, I wouldn’t go any larger than that. The ones I shared are precisely 12 ounces, and word on the street is that they yield fantastic results! Additionally, I’ve heard that the brand Polar melts exceptionally well.
This is how the 16-ounce cups appeared after melting!
Does it have to be sharpie?
When it comes to drawing on plastic, steer clear of any washable markers as they tend to create a chaotic scene. Opt for a permanent marker instead, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Sharpie brand, but one that leaves a lasting mark.
Do you need to spray the tin foil with nonstick?
No, the decorations do not adhere to the aluminum foil.
High Broil or Low broil?
My Oven.only has one setting of broil. But it’s 500 degrees so hopefully, that helps! Middle rack!
If you are using a different size or not sure if the plastic cup you are using will melt- Just throw it in the Oven.and see! Don’t draw on it. That way you can see if your Oven.is hot enough, your rack is in a good spot, or if the cup is a correct size or plastic!
Does it smell?
I didn’t detect any odor whatsoever!
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