The January issue will feature a story on how Assembly 2014 inspired and encouraged a United Methodist Women member at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew to continue her environmental stewardship work. Included in the article is a “recipe” for how to create a bottle-cap Christmas tree, which we’re sharing here now in case you’d like to create one this Christmas!
Create a bottle cap tree
After gathering bottle caps and collecting hula hoops of all sizes, follow these steps to create your tree:
- Wash caps thoroughly.
- Make holes in the center using hammer, nails or a drill.
- Sort caps by color and size and hula hoops by size—each tree will need small hoops for the top, large hoops for the bottom and medium sizes in between.
- Create a base—you could use, for instance, an old umbrella stand or metal vegetable garden guard. Buy or find a 6 foot by 2 inch wooden dowel to put in the base.
- Cut heavy twine measured into eight foot lengths leaving six to eight inches at top. Begin to tie on smaller caps at top. A knot under each hole keeps the cap in place. Make 4-6 strands to become your tree outline.
- Hammer a nail into the top of the dowel leaving at least an inch above the wood so twine strands can be tied to it. Put dowel in the stand and drop hula hoops over the standing dowel. Starting with the smallest hula hoop at the top, tie the strands to the hoop equidistant apart. Raise the medium hula hoop to center and attach strands. Using this basic framework, add strands and decorate as you please!
- For a tree-topper, remove the coils from some old notebooks and make a “star.”
- Use a glue gun to reinforce the knots holding caps.
- Take tree outside and set it on top of overturned can. String some lights and voila—a bottle cap Christmas tree!
Bottle cap Christmas tree recipe by Charlene Floyd, taken from This and That: More Than a Cookbook, published by United Methodist Women at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York, New York.