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5 DIY Holiday Decorations

Upcycle your Schweppes® Ginger Ale cans and 2-Liter bottles into seasonal décor.

Crafts you can make with cans and bottles

Holidays are best observed with family and friends, exchanging time as well as gifts. Regardless of how or with whom you celebrate, though, you can make memories while making these DIY winter wonderland decorations.

Can-dle Lanterns

Skill level: Moderate

Add a little sparkle to the season with this easy can craft. Place some outside for a decorative walkway or around reflective objects for a truly magical setting.

What you’ll need:

  • Schweppes® Ginger Ale 12 oz. cans
  • Acrylic paint and brush
  • Tea lights
  • Paper
  • Thumbtack
  • Can opener
  1. Find an existing holiday pattern or draw your own on a piece of paper. Tape the design to an empty Schweppes® Ginger Ale can.
  2. Use a thumbtack to outline your pattern with tiny holes.
  3. Paint the outside of your can with the color of your choice — or leave unpainted for some classic Schweppervescence nostalgia.
  4. Once dry, remove the top with a can opener (gently, so you don’t crush your artwork).
  5. Place the tea light inside the can and watch it illuminate the night!

Additional tip: Concerned about the can getting too hot? Try using electronic tea candles instead.​


Can Carolers

Skill level: Easy

Fa-la-la-la-llow these instructions for a fun family project anyone “can” do.

What you’ll need:

  • Schweppes® Ginger Ale 12 oz. cans
  • Acrylic paint and brush
  • Various fabrics, yarn, ribbon and cotton balls
  • Glue
  1. Remove the tab from the top of your Schweppes® Ginger Ale cans.
  2. Paint the top of your can to create skin tone, hair, rosy cheeks, eyes and a nose. (You can also use a small cotton ball for the nose, as well as yarn for hair.)
  3. Squeeze the middle of your can so it partially folds over, with the top leaning forward.
  4. Add fabric and ribbon as clothing for some cozy carolers.

Additional tip: Rather than “folding over” your cans, you can also crush them flat. Create three or more carolers and you’ve got an ensemble!

Penguin Chicks

Skill level: Advanced

What’s cuter than a penguin in a scarf and hat? How about a huddle of them!

What you’ll need:

  • Schweppes® Ginger Ale 2-Liter Bottles (2 per penguin)
  • Acrylic paint: black, white and orange for penguin body and beak; various colors for scarf and top
  • Paint brush
  • Craft pom poms
  • Hot glue
  1. Cut two 2-Liter bottles 4-5 inches from the bottom. (You will only need the bottom portion of each.)
  2. Cover both bottoms in white paint, as a primer.
  3. Once dry, combine the two bottle bottoms at the cut ends (use the shorter one, if possible, as the top); glue together, if necessary.
  4. Paint the body of the penguins in black, leaving the face and front of the body white. Paint the hat and scarf in whatever color you choose.
  5. Add eyes with black paint and a beak with orange paint. Then, complete your chicklet by gluing a pom pom on top of the hat.

Additional tip: Use a thin brush and lightly add white paint to the scarf and hat to create texture or patterns.

Santa Belt Gift Tags

Skill level: Easy

Add these personalized tags to gifts and you may need to stop your recipients from marveling so they can get to unwrapping.

What you’ll need:

  • Schweppes® Ginger Ale 12 oz. can tabs
  • Black and red stock paper
  • Black ribbon
  • Tiny Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper hole-puncher
  • Twine
  1. Cut your red stock paper into a circle for the body.
  2. Cut a black strip of stock paper and pull it through the soda tab to create a belt. Glue the belt onto the red stock paper.
  3. For the buttons: Place two dabs of glue above the belt buckle and add cotton balls.
  4. Punch a hole in the top and add twine to complete your tags!

Additional tip: Feel free to get creative and try different shapes or characters. You may also want to recycle the unused tabs from your Can-dle Lanterns to make these.


Wind Stockings

Skill level: Moderate

Streamers and a little winter breeze really make these guys come to life!

What you’ll need:

  • Schweppes® Ginger Ale 2-Liter Bottles
  • Acrylic paint and brush
  • Streamers
  • String or ribbon
  1. Outline and cut your 2-liter bottle into any winter wonderland character or pattern you like.
  2. Paint your design and add stock paper for features.
  3. Add streamers at the bottom.
  4. Hang your craft outside or on the front porch to share the joy with neighbors.

Additional tip: You can use the top of the bottles from your Penguin Chicks to create these!​

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