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Recycled Craft: How to make a Snowshoe Holiday Ornament

Come on, Christmas music is playing, toy commercials are everywhere – it’s time for some holiday crafting! And there’s no better way to craft than with things you have already in your house that are destined for the recycling bin.

Earlier this week I stocked up on cardboard from the club store. Today my husband bought a sack of yams and I usurped it for this craft: vintage snowshoe ornament made from recycled materials.

You’ll need these supplies:
Potato or onion sack
4 Thumb tacks
Spray paint
Hot glue gun
Decorative trimmings of your choice

To make things easier, I cut a template out of paper, first. Just fold a piece of paper in half the long way and draw one side of your image, that way you know it’s symmetrical. I used a scale of 5.5 long x 2.25 at the widest point.

Step 2: Likely your mesh potato sack is orange or some other “off” color. If that’s the case, tack it down to a piece of cardboard and give it a quick once-over with spray paint. I used silver, but would have used cream if I had it.
Tip: To protect my hands from paint, I always wear old rubber gloves when I spray paint (and a mask, of course).

Step3: Next, trace your snowshoe template onto your cardboard and cut it out with an X-Acto blade. If you’re doing this with children, use a thinner material, like a double layer of paper bags so they can use scissors.

With your cardboard scraps, cut a half circle and parallelogram to form the shoe hold

Step 4: Next, apply hot glue to the back of the cardboard piece. Lay the mesh down, painted side down on top of the cardboard. Delicately press the mesh into the hot glue – use the side of a pencil so you don’t burn your fingers.

Step 5: Trim the mesh around the cardboard and decorate with ribbons, mini pinecones, pom poms or other festive decorations you may have!

Because I’m a sucker for these cool, vintage snowshoes, I’m pretty sure I’ll purchase them frivously in my lifetime. And when I do, here’s how I’ll upcycle them from vintage decor to repurposed functional.
1. Vintage snowshoe lamp:

2. Upcycled snowshoe coffee table:

3. Snowshoe Sconce:

4. Repurposed snowshoe shelf:

5. Snowshoe Mirror:

And if you’re looking to do some actual snowshoeing this winter – not just crafting and decorating, here are some highly rated snowshoes I found through my Amazon Associates account. Pretty sweet!

Eve of Reduction: Free Seasonal E-Newsletter; Extra tips and wit on Facebook; Reduction Beauty on Pinterest ; The debut DIY lifestyle book (includes 10 upcycling tutorials); and the guide to creative streams of income ebook (only $2.99).

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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