Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids


 
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This post is for letter “O” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.

I remember that our Christmas tree growing up was covered in handmade ornament after handmade ornament and ornaments that my sister and I made in school. I never understood, as we grew up, why my mom still continued to put the mini paper plate, covered in macaroni noodles and sprayed gold, still on our tree. We were teenagers, that paper plate was more than 10 years old and ugly {I can say that because I made it}.

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Now I understand. Yes, I want a gorgeous, magazine worthy Christmas tree. Maybe I will have two one day, but for now I love my Christmas tree full of ornaments my daughter has made. (Like this one that is a science experiment turned ornament!)

Let Go Of The Control

That brings me to this activity. My daughter loves crafting with me. Using ‘mom’s craft supplies’ and creating right along side me. So often, though, I micromanage her crafting. I want her project to be perfect instead of handmade by her. I’m working on it!! So for this activity I put Christmas inspired craft supplies out and gave her one simple instruction: Make an ornament.

I didn’t give her any other guidelines or ask her to do anything special. Just make an ornament.

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Supplies Needed

Plastic Globe Ornaments
Crinkle Paper
Christmas Stickers
Optional: Ribbon

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How She Made It

Her inspiration was a box of candy canes that came out when our Christmas craft supplies re-entered our lives. She said she wanted to make a candy cane ornament. I suggested that the crinkle paper (white and red) are the same colors. I assumed she was going to glue them on the outside but she surprised me by asking if the ‘lid’ could come off. She started shoving the crinkle paper inside. It didn’t have the stripes I think she was going for, but it turned out so cute!

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The bow on the outside was because added at the end. She loves stickers, but who doesn’t.
We had to cut our activity short, but I can’t wait to do it again. No rules, no guidelines, just creating!

 

Deanna is the founder and author of Play Dough & Popsicles. She is hoping to inspire other parents to entertain and teach their children while not loosing their own sanity; she is attempting the same thing as you read this. She enjoys spending time with her preschool age daughter and husband, crafting, cooking/baking and making the most out of life. You can follow along with her life on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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