Some of my favorite memories are making homemade Christmas ornaments with my children. Here are a few ideas that you may want to use with your children. Not to mention, homemade ornaments make wonderful gifts for grandparents, teachers and friends.
- Buy a couple of sets of clear glass ornaments from your local craft store. (Use a coupon so that you can save some money.) Take some glitter glue and let your kids decorate the outside of the ornament. Make sure you include your child’s initials and the year the ornament was made. Attach some ribbon and hang on your tree.
- Take another glass ornament and take off the top so that you can swirl some acrylic paint on the inside of the ornament. Tip: Make sure you only put a little paint in at a time, so that you do not have a big pool of paint on the bottom of your ornament. Put your top back on the ornament and you are finished.
- I like to use Tacky glue and dab it on the clear ornament and then roll my ornament in a bowl of glitter. When the glue is dry I take the ornament outside and spray with a clear acrylic craft sealer so that the glitter does not end up everywhere the wind blows.
- My sister-in-law made my kids each an “I Spy” ornament one year. Take a clear ornament and remove the top. Insert tiny little objects such as, a tiny star, pencil, a ball and other miniature items that you find in a craft store. Pour a lot of clear glitter into your ornament and replace the top. Tip:I would add a little glue so the top does not come off and spill glitter all over. Make a tag to attach to your ornament that has a list of all of the items in the ornament. Everyone will have a great time “spying” and the glitter will reflect the lights.
- A really simple ornament to make is with pipe cleaners and beads. Shape the pipe cleaner into your desired shape, for instance a candy cane shape. Bend the one end of the pipe cleaner so that the beads do not fall off. Then alternate between red and white beads or whatever color you desire. When you are finished adding your beads makes sure to bend the other end so that your beads do not come off. With the pipe cleaners you can make snowflakes, candy canes, bells, wreaths and whatever you can imagine.
- If you have a smooth edge can opener (Pampered Chef has a great one) save all of your lids. Paint your lids front and back with acrylic paint. Now you can attach pictures of your kids, modge podge cut up Christmas cards or tissue paper to the lid. Then embellish with ribbon, beads, lace, bells or anything that you think will complete your ornament. Form a loop with a piece of ribbon and attach the ribbon to the back of your ornament with a dab of hot glue.
- Gather some pine cones together. Brush glue on the tips of the pine cones. I pour clear glitter into a big plastic bowl and then roll the pine cone in the glitter. Tie a ribbon around the pine cone so that you can hang your ornament on the tree.
- I made ginger bread cookies to use as filler ornaments the year our tree fell over twice. Mix up your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe. Cut out cookies and place on baking sheet. Before baking use a straw to make a whole in the cookie. When cookies are cooled thread ribbon through your whole so that you can hang your cookie on the tree. This ornament gives off a wonderful scent and leaves your home smelling like Santa’s bakery. Tip: These ornaments do not keep for more than one Christmas.
I hope that you have a great time making wonderful Christmas memories with your children.