Recycle a Tree


This past week Corynn and I visited the awesome third grade class of Amy Hash and Lucy Nottingham at Laurel Elementary School.   They were Corynn’s teachers when she was in 1st and 2 nd grade.   They made a huge impact on Corynn at a very young age. 



They are two of the most dedicated, creative, and gifted teachers that we have in Carroll County!  I thank God for these two women who live their lives in the shadow of the cross-especially at school where it is so needed! 

The bookcase in their room.  ( They co-teach)


They have been good stewards of the earth by recycling plastic bottles and making them into tree ornaments.  Tacky? You bet!  Creative?  Absolutely!  In doing this they have taught the kids how to care for God’s green earth a little bit better. 


Lucy has used every part of the plastic bottle to make ornaments.  Nothing was wasted.  Here’s how she did it…

This ornament is the bottom of the bottle cut off and flattened out.  When flattened it makes a flower design.  The kids then decorated and added glitter, paint, etc..  You just can’t buy that in Wal Mart!



You can clearly see that this is a star made out of all of the bottle and then spray painted gold.



These are old CD’s that are covered with strips of green and red duct tape and then the child’s picture. 


More flower bottoms.


This is the top of the bottle cut and made into a bell.  How sweet!


This is the bottle body cut into strips to make garland.  It has been spray painted red and green.



Thank you Lord for the gift of spirited teaching, unending  creativity and women who have dedicated their lives to teaching and loving children!  ( of ALL ages!!!!) 

We love you ladies and thanks for all you do!

Blessings for your classes and your kids!


About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

2 responses »

  1. “Hi Lucy and Amy” thanks for doing such an awesome job on getting Corynn off to a good start ! I really admire your talents and creativeness on the Christmas ornaments made from plastic bottles !! Esp. love the bell. If everyone did this we wouldn’t have to go to Wal Mart at all !! Well, maybe for milk, bread and coffee. Homemade art is soooooooo nice and hard to beat ! : – )

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