Recycled Ornament Contest 2019

Congratulations 2019 winners!

Congratulations to the winners of Lake Oswego’s first Recycled Ornament Contest! While there were many clever and creative ornaments, the following stood out in their respective categories. These and other ornaments were used to decorate a holiday tree which was donated to Clackamas Women’s Services, The Village - an emergency shelter for individuals and families displaced by abuse and violence. The Village provides a supportive living environment in which survivors can leave disrupted home lives, regain their strength, and individually shape the ways they want to move forward in the world.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Most Unique
Snowman by Cindy Gellinger
Made from:  Spouse’s broken reading glasses, child’s sweater, 2 beads

Best Featuring Lake Oswego’s History/Landmarks
Oswego Iron Furnace by Melissa Holland
Made from:  Newspaper, napkins, tissue paper, wool, twigs, cardboard, hemp cord, metal ring, charcoal, paprika, embroidery floss, staples, glue, Mod Podge, metal hook, water, flour

Best Use of Natural Materials
Honeycomb Angel by Patricia O’Brien
Made from:  Abandoned honeycomb from their west end LO apiary, reused copper cookie cutter, metal chain from shoe labels, twine from clothing label

Youth (age 12 and under)
Owl by Ninon Perrot  (age 9)
Made from:  Toilet paper roll, scrap paper

2019 Contest

The City is excited to announce our first Recycled Ornament Contest - all Lake Oswego residents are invited to participate!  This fun contest encourages participants to be creative and look at recyclables and reusables in a new way - ornaments must be made primarily from these materials. This would be a great project for students and creative people of all ages!

Approximately 50 ornaments will be selected to decorate a holiday tree which will be on display inside City Hall. In mid-December the decorated tree will be donated to bring cheer to others over the holidays. 


Winner in each category will receive a $50 gift card and a few gifts made from recycled or environmentally-friendly material.

Contest Rules & Guidelines

  • The ornaments must be made of recyclable or reusable materials. Glue, paint, glitter, floral wire, etc. may be used, but the main emphasis of the contest is to see what can be created with recycled materials. Do not use perishable items - natural materials, such as wood, is ok.
  • Ornaments should be no more than 6”x 6”x6” in size.
  • Ornaments should be lightweight enough to be hung on a tree and not bend the limbs.
  • The ornament must have a hanger or hook to attach it to the tree.
  • The materials cannot pose a safety hazard to the creator or those enjoying the ornament. Avoid the use of sharp, toxic or easily breakable materials.
  • A maximum of five entries per person.
  • A 3 x 5" card is required to be securely attached to each ornament listing the following:
    • Contestant’s name, address, email and phone number
    • If age 18 or under, also include: parent’s address, email and phone number
    • Detailed description of ornament including what it is make of
    • If applicable, school name and grade
  • The ornament is the result of Contestant’s sole artistic effort.
  • The ornament is unique and original and does not infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or patent.
  • No entry fee is required.
  • Ornaments will not be returned and will become the property of the City of Lake Oswego.  


  • Most unique
  • Best featuring Lake Oswego’s history, landmarks, etc.
  • Best use of natural materials 
  • Youth (age 12 or under)


A panel consisting of City of Lake Oswego staff and a City Councilor (“Judges”) will evaluate all contest entries based on overall quality and creativity. The City reserves the right not to award prizes if a suitable ornament has not been entered. 

How to Enter Your Ornament

Attach the 3 x 5" card (with information specified above) and turn in with ornament at Lake Oswego City Hall - Public Information Office, 380 A Avenue. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

For More Information Contact

Bonnie Hirshberger, Citizen Information Specialist, 503-675-3992.