Bright Holiday Ornaments


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


1. Find out what symbols are used at various holidays such as Chanukah or Christmas. Talk with your classmates about why recycling is a responsible choice.

2. Use recycled CDs as the base for ornaments to decorate at almost any holiday. Here are some ideas to get you started. First, trace around your 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 your 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 your ornament with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue completely.

7. Turn the ornament over and embellish the other side. Air-dry before explaining to your classmates why you chose your ornament’s symbols. Consider giving your ornament as a gift!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Make ornaments for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays.
  • An adult or classmate may need to cut out the circles for some students who have special needs.
  • Create unique holiday ornaments, wreaths, or mobiles using CDs and other recycled materials.
  • Incorporate recycled CDs in other school projects, such as sculptures, collages, science fair exhibits, and drawings.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • yarn
  • recycled CD



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students consider reasons why recycling is an Earth-friendly action.

  • Students gather information about symbols used for various holidays.

  • Students discuss the significance of holiday ornaments and family heirlooms before creating their own symbolic ornament.


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