Most children love crafts, and will enjoy cold, rainy days spent inside with their family making ornaments and memories.
When the children were little, we used to have their cousins and the neighborhood children over to make different craft items during the holiday season. They all had much fun.
And when Skye and Zowie were young teenagers, I used to allow them to have friends over for ornament making parties. I pulled out all my crafting scraps and anything else I had collected for this purpose throughout the year, and gave them free reign to make what they wanted. The girls and their friends had a grand time.
The ornaments and other crafts the children made were given by them as gifts to loved ones, but I always managed to get one or two from each child every year. These make up the bulk of the items that decorate my tree(s) each year. And they are some of my favorites!
- Wooden shapes found at craft stores come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These little stockings were picked up on clearance years ago, for about .10 each, and I believe there were other shapes as well. They already had holes drilled into them. The children painted each of the wooden shapes, let them dry, then put string hangers on them.
- This wooden tree I actually picked up at a craft fair real cheap, but the finished product would be easy for a child to mimic with the right supplies. Have them paint wooden trees and glue different colored dots onto them for ornaments. You can’t see it in the picture, but there is a little yellow star glued to the top.
- Snowflakes are always fun to make, and can be created in a number of ways. A few examples include: (1) Pretty Paper Snowflake, (2) Paper Snowflake from Highhopes.com, and (3) Create a Blizzards worth of Snowflakes.
- Simple blue or green plastic baskets can be decorated with Santa, a snowman, a tree, or even a bell. Make them by using craft foam. Use foam that is already cut into shapes for very young children.
- My nephew made me the other tree, along with a reindeer and other ornaments, when he was young. I don’t even know the type of foam medium he used, but I loved the ornaments.
- And simple craft for young children is to put a holiday sticker on either side of a poster board shape.
- Felt is always a good craft supply to have on hand. Two types work well. (1) The regular felt sheets, and (2) the felts sheets with adhesive on the back. The adhesive allows you to put felt shapes on top of other shapes and will adhere nicely. Rather than buying the adhesive kind, glue can be used. Shapes can be cut out free hand, or traced onto the felt using cookie cutters as a guide. For decorating, glitter can be used, fabric markers, or fabric paint.
- Ornaments made from paper shopping or lunch bags are easy to make as well. Again, have the children draw shapes free hand or use cookie cutters for tracing. Gingerbread families can be made, stars, moons, suns, stockings, bells, and more. All they need for decorating are crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
- And pasta can be glued to card stock or poster board shapes for an easy craft. Paint and/glitter are good to use for decorating these. My daughter, Skye (now 25) made the round one and put her picture on it for me. One of the pasta pieces fell of and broke, but I will always keep this ornament.
- The children used foam sheets and paints to make me these ornaments. The hands do not have hangers, they just sit further back on the branches of my tree. The hand prints are actually those of the children that they traced, and they wrote messages on their hands, such as ‘Joy’.
- Salt dough ornaments are also fun for children to make. There is a tutorial here. Cookie cutter will be needed for these. Angels, stars, bulb ornaments and more can be made. The children also get to paint these once they are cool.
- Cinnamon ornaments were my favorites, because they smelled amazing. They used star and moon cookie cutters for this project, but other shapes would work just as well. They did not paint theirs, but some people do. I don’t have the original recipe, but this is supposed to be a good one. I can’t remember if the recipe we used involved glue but, if that recipe does not give you the desired product, try this one.
These are some of the ornaments I have on my tree. Most were made by children. I love all the memories I have of them coming to my home to make them with us.
What types of ornaments have your children made? Share with us in the comments below, or email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs are welcome!
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