Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Delights of December Day 21 ~ Old-Timey Tin Icicles

Old-Timey Tin Icicles

Years ago, my sister-in-law told me about an easy, fun tree decoration. You can actually make these all year whenever you finish a roll of foil, wax paper, etc. Basically, they are icicles which you make from the metal cutting strip on the boxes of these wraps. (As you might guess, this is not a craft small children should help with.)

Nowadays not all wraps come with these metal cutting strips; some are now plastic.  But I've noticed that a surprising number of them still have the metal edges.

Here's what you do: When you finish up a roll of foil or whatever, very carefully remove the metal cutting strip from the box. Once you get the end started, it will come off quite easily. Then take a pencil and, again working very carefully, wrap the metal strip around the pencil in a spiral pattern. Once the icicle looks the way you want it to, slip it off the pencil. There is your tin icicle! These metal strips often have holes spaced along them, and you can slip an ornament hook through the topmost hole. If your metal strip has no holes, you can simply bend the top of the icicle a bit to stay on a tree branch.

These icicles look charmingly old-fashioned on your tree, and they catch the glimmer of the tree lights beautifully. Have fun with this idea!
From a favorite Christmas card by Kathy Lawrence


  1. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Susan,

    You are most welcome! I am delighted that you like the idea, and hope you will have fun with it.

    Christmas blessings,


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