Upcycled Holiday Garlands

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Upcycled Holiday Garland

Upcycled Holiday Garland

Hey Everyone!

I never know what to do with those pesky rings that sometimes pop off my water bottles when I open them. I don’t like to throw them away and if I throw them in our recycling container, they just collect at the bottom and become a mess of stickiness!

Thank goodness our little town has a recycling center because my family goes through a ton of plastic bottles.

So what can you do with those little plastic rings?

Why craft with them of course!

Upcycled Holiday Garland

So I came up with the holiday garlands shaped like shamrocks and hearts. They were so fast to make and super easy. I even made a few extra to put on my year-round tree for ornaments. Yes, I am one of those people who keeps an artificial tree up year-round to decorate for every holiday. It fits in well with my country rustic decor. I love it! It’s smaller than a Christmas tree and not nearly as full with branches. Maybe one day I will do a blog post on it if anyone would be interested in seeing it. I enjoy crocheting ornaments for it.

Upcycled Holiday Garland

Anyway…back to what I was saying…

You can make these garlands as long or as short as you want and change the colors if you wish. Don’t limit the garland to strictly a holiday decoration. You could use them for weddings, baby showers, anniversary parties, a child’s birthday party and photo props. Just change the colors if you wish and hang them everywhere!

Upcycled Holiday Garland

One final note though—they tend to be slightly top heavy. I would suggest hanging them up against a wall or something similar where they can lean against it instead of tilting forward.

So, don’t throw away those little annoying plastic rings. Get crafty and upcycle them into a fun garland!

For more upcycled fun, there is a star garland and sunflowers!

Upcycled Heart Garland

Materials Used:

* Small amount of Red Heart – Cherry Red 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Small amount of Red Heart – Perfect Pink 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Small amount of Red Heart – White 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
Or any worsted weight yarn you choose.
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
* 14 – 1” plastic rings from water bottle lids or any 1” ring
You can use any number of rings to change the length of your garland.
* Scissors

Finished Size Approximately:

33” in length

Each heart – 2 1/2”W x 2 1/4”H

Gauge:

Not Important

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

  • For a photo tutorial on how to crochet around a plastic ring, click here.
  • To crochet around a plastic ring, create a slip knot and place it on your hook. Insert hook into the center of the ring (like you normally would if you were inserting your hook into a regular stitch) with your slip knot on your side. YO and draw yarn back through the hoop toward you. YO, and pull through the 2 loops on hook.

* American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Make 14 (7 red, 7 pink)

Round 1: 15 sc around the ring. Sl st in the first sc made, ch 1

Round 2: (Sc, hdc, dc) in first st; 2 dc in next st; (hdc, sc) in next st; sl st in next st; (sc, hdc) in next st; 2 dc in next st; (dc, hdc, sc) in next st; sl st in next 4 sc. In next st, (sc, ch 3, sc). Sl st in next 3 sts and sl st in first sc made in round 2. Finish off. Weave in end.

Assembly:

Cut 13 – 11” long pieces of white yarn. Alternating heart colors, loosely tie hearts together with a simple bow.

Cut 2 – 10” long pieces of white yarn. Using your tapestry needle, thread one piece of yarn through the last heart on garland and tie to itself creating a loop for hanging. Repeat with second piece of yarn on opposite side of garland.

Upcycled Shamrock Garland

Materials Used:

* Small amount of Red Heart – Tea Leaf 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Small amount of Red Heart – Medium Thyme 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Small amount of Red Heart – Aran 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
Or any worsted weight yarn you choose.
* 5.00 (H/8) hook
* 14 – 1” plastic rings from water bottle lids or any 1” ring
You can use any number of rings to change the length of your garland.
* Scissors

Finished Size Approximately:

38” in length

Individual Shamrocks – 3 1/2” x 2 3/4”

Gauge:

Not Important

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

  • For a photo tutorial on how to crochet around a plastic ring, click here.
  • To crochet around a plastic ring, create a slip knot and place it on your hook. Insert hook into the center of the ring (like you normally would if you were inserting your hook into a regular stitch) with your slip knot on your side. YO and draw yarn back through the hoop toward you. YO, and pull through the 2 loops on hook.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Make 14 (7 tea leaf, 7 medium thyme)

Round 1: 15 sc around plastic ring. Join with a sl st in 1st sc; ch 1.

Round 2: *(Hdc, 2 dc, hdc) in same sp as ch-1 from Round 1; (hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sl st) in next sp; sl st in next 2 sp; ch 1* Repeat from * to * four times. Add 5 ch only to last ch 1 for a total of 6 ch (for stem). Working only in bottom loops of the chain, in 2nd ch from hook, dc; in next ch, hdc; in next 3 ch, sc; sl st in next 2 sts. Finish off. Weave in end.

Assembly:

Cut 13 – 11” long pieces of Aran yarn. Alternating shamrock colors, loosely tie shamrocks together with a simple bow.

Cut 2 – 10” long pieces of Aran yarn. Using your tapestry needle, thread one piece of yarn through the last shamrock on garland and tie to itself creating a loop for hanging. Repeat with second piece of yarn on opposite side of garland.

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I’d love to see your finished projects as well!  Feel free to post any of your finished projects made from the patterns found here at Highland Hickory Designs to my Facebook page.  We can have our own little showcase!  (No spam please.  It will be deleted.  Thank you for understanding.)

Let’s save the planet! What other things do you upcycle?