Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. I love prepping for Christmas. Tornado E and I are brain storming for this year’s ornaments and crafts. I’m not sure what to do for the families. Here are some ornaments we made last year. We had a blast making them. Depending on the age and the ability of the child will depend on how much work you do.
Mini Christmas Trees
(I remember doing something similar when I was a Brownie in Girl Scouts. It’s an easy, fun, and messy project. Tornado E (5) and Tornado S (3) really enjoyed making them.)
What you need:
Green spray paint
Spray paint pine cones green. Once the pine cones are dry, pour glue in one paper plate and glitter in another. Have the child roll the pine cone in the glue and then in the glitter. Let the pine cone dry. Glue ribbon to the pine cone to make a loop. Allow to dry.
(I saw this in a Martha Stewart magazine. The hard part is putting a whole in the shell; you’ll need a drill, preferably a dremel drill. It was easy to adopt for children. I’m thinking I want to try other shells this year. The boys loved making these. I loved playing with my dad’s dremel drill. If only I had a real reason to get one.)
Things you need:
Shells (We used clam shells)
Ribbon or string
Drill a hole in the top of the shell. Have the child dip the shell into the glue. Have the child cover the shell in glitter. (We did most shells in one color as well as mixing two colors together to get a neat effect.) Clear the hole of glue and glitter. Allow to dry. Thread the whole with ribbon or string. Tie the ribbon to make a loop.
(These are so easy, simple, and fun. Toddlers can even do it. Now that I think about it, I might have the boys make more this year and work on decorating them in different ways. The boys had lots of fun. Keep on eye on these. They can burn quickly. Tornado E prefered the burnt ones. I was less than thrilled.)
What you need:
Something to cut clay in a circle (I used a plastic Easter egg.)
Have the child knead the clay for at least two minutes. (For younger children, you may have to work with it too.) Roll the clay flat to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Cut out circles. Use the straw to cut out a hole in the top. Have the child press a rubber stamp in to the clay. On the back of the clay, write the child’s name or initials with the year. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, and place the ornaments on it. Bake in an oven or toaster oven as it says on the directions. (275°F for 15 mins. I think mine baked in 10 mins.) Let the ornaments cool. String ornaments with ribbon.
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