CHRISTMAS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GATHER WITH YOUR FAMILY AND WORK ON FUN PROJECTS TOGETHER WHILE BLASTING YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS AND ENJOYING YOUR FAVORITE HOT CHOCOLATE. AN ALL-TIME FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PROJECT IS DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. THESE ARE A GREAT CHRISTMAS IDEA FOR YOUR KIDS, AND THEY CAN BE MADE WITH PRACTICALLY ANYTHING, AS THERE ARE SO MANY KINDS!
In this blog, learn how to make 2 DIY Christmas ornaments, most of them with things you already have in your home! They’re great for kids around 5 and up, but you can always make changes in order to make them toddler-friendly too!
#1: Traditional Garland Clusters
Do you have a box full of all the Christmas things you’ve collected over the years too? Well, if yours is anything like mine, you’re most likely to have all sorts of odds and ends in there –some of these being garland pieces, old wreaths, little plastic berries, pinecones, and all that good stuff. What better way to repurpose them than to make cute DIY ornaments out of them?!
You will need:
Any kind of garland pieces you’d like to use. I suggest pinecones, garland (any color, but I like the pieces that resemble pine), twigs, and berries.
Twine, ribbon, yarn, or thick thread to tie the pieces together, and to make the loop to hang the ornament on. If you need to cut the pieces, keep rounded scissors on-hand.
You might need to use some glue to put the pieces together or to repair any pieces you’d like to use.
What to do:
When making DIY projects with kids, one of the best ways to make it easier for everyone is to put together an assembly line. For that, all you need to do is put everything out in its own categories and in order of necessity — in this case, go with the pieces for the ornament in categories, then the twine, and keep the glue close-by in case you need it.
Now, simply guide your kids through the assembly line, allowing them to choose their own arrangements, and help them in any way they might need. When it comes to trying the clusters, I suggest wrapping the twine around the point where everything comes together until you’re sure it’s secure. Then, tie a loop of twine that is long enough to hang the ornament on the tree, keeping it centered as best as possible so that it hangs nicely.
#2: Christmas Cookie Ornaments
This is a true classic, and we all love to see adorable Christmas ornaments on the tree — so what’s better than Santa’s cookie recipe turned Christmas ornament? The best part about these is that it allows kids to get their hands a little messy, and they last years to come.
What you’ll need:
– Air-dry clay*
– Puffy paint or regular kids’ paint*
– Rolling pin or anything that could replace it
– Cookie cutters
– Anything small and round with a sharp enough edge to make a hole in the “cookie”, such as a cap for a pen, a pencil, etc..
– Sparkles, sprinkles, or any other sort of bling bling you’d like to add.
* Keep in mind that all of these should be kid-friendly and should say “non-toxic” on the package. You can easily find these things at your local craft store, but you can make both these things yourself here: DIY air-dry clay and DIY puffy paint.
What to do:
To set up your assembly line, first cover the surface with a protective layer such as plastic or cloth to keep the surface free from puffy paint disasters. Now, set up the assembly line with the clay first, then the rolling pin, cookie cutters, hole-making-tool of your choice, leave a space to let the “cookies” dry, and then the puffy paint, sparkles, and lastly twine or ribbon.
Now the fun begins! Treat the air-dry clay as you would cookie dough by rolling enough out to fill the cookie shape, rolling it out to be a centimeter or two thick (the thinner they are the quicker they will dry but the more fragile they will be). Then, use the cookie cutter to punch out the shape you want, removing excess before lifting the cookie cutter for an easier time. Let the clay dry for as long as indicated on the package.
The next step is decorating, which you can allow your kids to do as they see fit, as long as they don’t cover the hole for the twine. I love making the puffy paint look like icing on the cookies, and I can get a little carried away with fancy details — whereas my kids have been deciding to go the “all or nothing” route and have ended up making festive explosions. While the paint is still wet, add the sparkles or any other bling bling, and then let dry again. When all is dry, simply thread the twine and ribbon through, tie a bow on top, and hang it up on the tree!
You and your kids are going to love these projects this Christmas! There is nothing better than making a fun time out of the hardest circumstances, and I think Christmas 2020 is a better time than ever to come together and make the most out of what we have and what we can do.
One of my favorite parts of these types of projects is that you will always be able to have them in your Christmas collection, and you’ll be able to look back on all the fun times you spent as a family making fun little decorations and sharing those special memories. So deck’ the halls and have the best Christmas ever!