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Why Your Kids Should Make Their Own Christmas Ornaments With 8 Instruction Guides

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is everyone’s favorite time of the year to decorate their houses. This usually means everyone heading to retail stores to buy all of your ornaments. It may be fun to pick them out, but do these ornaments actually have any real meaning to you and your family? Instead, why not have your kids make their own Christmas ornaments?

Letting your children make the ornaments for the tree has numerous benefits. One of the biggest ones is the feeling of accomplishment. Starting and fishing a task is important in childhood development. Having their homemade decorations hang on the Christmas tree makes them feel good about themselves.

You can help organize these projects for your kids. You can also join them in making Christmas ornaments. This is quality time spend together as a parent. Your kids will be overjoyed to be spending so much time with you. Here are some easy homemade Christmas ornaments you can work on together.

Yarn Pom Poms

Colorful yarn pom poms look great hanging from your tree. Plus, they are easy and cheap to make.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Yarn (6 different colors of yarn, all medium thickness).
  • A scrap piece of wood (this is just for making the pom poms, it isn’t used in displaying them).
  • Scissors (If your kids are really young, it would be a good idea for the parent to do the work with the scissors).

Here’s how you make your own pom pom ornaments:

  1. Wind one color of the yarn loosely around the scrap wood. You will be winding it around the short end of the wood. When you have it wrapped about 10 times, cut the end with scissors.
  2. Cut another long piece of the same yarn, about 10 inches long. You are going to use this to tie around the pom poms and hang them from the tree. Slide the wound yarn from the piece of wood carefully. You want it to keep the same circle shape as it was when you wound it around the wood. Tie the long piece in the middle of the looped yarn. The extra will be used to hang from the tree.
  3. Once the yarn is tied, it will look like a bowtie. Use the scissors to cut both of the ends of the bow tie taped yarn. Cutting these will then start to look like a pom pom. Fluff each pom pom when you are done cutting. Using the loop from step 2, hang this ornament on the tree.

For instructions with photos, visit this blog.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament

These ornaments look just like snowflakes. There are some tricky steps in making these ornaments. If your kids are still small, you will want to help them with some of the process.

Materials you will need:

  • 8 wooden clothespins
  • 6 inch piece of ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • White craft paint and paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Paper to cover area you are working to keep it clean

Here’s the process for making your snowflake ornaments:

  1. First you want to take the metal part out of the clothespins. You are just going to be using the wood part. On your craft paper, paint each wooden part of the clothes pins white. This includes both sides.
  2. After the white paint has dried, you are going to use the hot glue gun to glue the wooden pieces together. You want to glue the straight edge backs together, so the intricate parts of the wood aren’t attached to anything. Next, glue together the pieces into a cross shape, put glue on the ends that attach.
  3. When the glue has set on all of these for a few minutes, you are going to glue the remaining pieces in between the sections of the cross. You will then see that the clothespins look like a snowflake.
  4. The lat step to to make the ribbon a hanger. Trim the ribbon to the size hanger you would like on the tree. Use your hot glue gun to attach both ends together, so it looks like a teardrop. Lastly, hot glue the ribbon to the snowflake shape you have made.

This ornament is a little tough to visualize through these steps. For photos of every step in the process, check out this article from HDTV.

Cookie Cutter Tree Ornaments

If you have a lot of old cookie cutters laying around, your kids can turn them easily into ornaments. They can be made in a variety of ways. One is to use decorative paper and glue it inside the cookie cutters. Another is to have your kids paint the cookie cutters. We are going to focus on the most basic ornaments.

Materials you will need:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Metal or plastic cookie cutters
  • Christmas ornament hooks

Here is how you make these ornaments:

  1. Use your hot glue gun to put a generous drop of hot glue at the top of the ornament.
  2. Before the glue starts to dry, put the bottom half of the hook in the glue. Leave the part of the hook that will attach the ornament to the tree out. This way, you can use the hook to hang your ornaments to the tree.

For the additional steps to using decorative paper to make your ornaments more stylish, read the article in this link.

Burned Out Lightbulb Ornaments

This ornaments are our favorite. Instead of throwing away burned out lightbulbs, save them to make these stylish ornaments. They are really simple and will turn into a tradition in your family.

You don’t need very many materials to make these:

  • Old lightbulbs
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Acrylic paint, brushes, craft paper
  • Christmas ornament hooks

Here’s the steps for these unique ornaments:

  1. Lay out the craft paper on a table.
  2. Let your kids paint all of the lightbulbs. You can work from a theme such as santa claus, or they can just paint anything they want on the bulbs. The paint needs to be completely dry before moving on to the next step.
  3. Place a large dab of hot glue on the ends where the lightbulb screws in. While it is still wet, place an ornament hook so they can hang from the tree.

It’s as easy as that! For even more creative ideas for old lightbulb ornaments, check out this blog from DIYncrafts.com.

Sticker Ornaments

This craft idea is great if you have smaller children. There’s no gluing or complicated steps. It’s a great project to work on with your kids as you can help them apply the stickers.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Standard ball ornaments in solid colors
  • Christmas stickers (you can get tons of these from the dollar store or any other stationary store)

Instructions:

  1. Give each of your children a few bulbs to work from.
  2. Using the Christmas stickers, decorate each bulb. They can be as creative as they want. They can completely cover the bulbs with stickers, or just put a few.

The website Parents.com has some other great ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments.

Sparkle Ornaments

All kids love things that sparkle. Why not help them make their own sparkle ornaments? We actually have two different ways to make do it yourself sparkle ornaments. If your kids are older you should consider the first method. If your kids are smaller the second may be right up your alley.

Option 1 materials:

  • Standard ball ornaments in solid colors
  • Acrylic paint, paintbrushes and craft paper
  • Small gemstones

Here is how you make the more complicated method:

  1. Put down the craft paper to protect the surface you are working on. Have the kids only work on one bulb at a time.
  2. Paint one layer of paint to cover the entire bulb. Let this dry completely before moving to the next step or the paint could crack.
  3. Paint another layer over the entire bulb. As soon as you are done with this, use the small gemstones to make a decoration on the bulb. By doing this as the paint dries it will act as a glue sticking the gemstones to the bulbs.

Option 2 materials:

  • Standard ball ornaments in solid colors
  • Glitter craft paint, paintbrushes and craft paper

Here are all the steps for the easier method to work on with your smaller kids:

  1. Put down the craft paper to protect the surface you are working on.
  2. Give each child a solid colored bulb. On the craft paper, have them cover the entire bulb with glitter paint.
  3. When the paint dries completely, you can go back and touch up any areas that need a little more paint. If the paint isn’t that thick you can have them paint another layer of glitter paint all over the bulbs.

This craft is super easy. It’s great if you have a bunch of old Christmas bulbs that are dated or the finish is chipping off of them. Instead of throwing them away, let you kids give them a new life. Another great idea is to put the glitter inside of the bulbs. This instruction guide from The Ornament Girl will give you all of the details that you need.

Metallic Pine Cone Ornaments

Another great idea for Homemade ornaments are metallic pine cone ornaments. You can have your kids find all of the pine cones for these. In order to prepare them to use indoors, check out this guide. To make things easy, you can buy a bag of pine cones from Home Depot.

Here are the materials you need to get started:

  • Pine Cones
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Metallic gold or silver paint, foam paintbrush, craft paper.

Steps to make your metallic pine cone ornaments:

  1. You first want to attach the ribbon to the one cone using your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of ribbon a few inches long and tie the two cut ends together in a knot. You will have a loop of the extra ribbon so you can hang it from the tree.
  2. Lay down craft paper on the surface you are working from. Using the foam paintbrush, paint the edges of the pine cone with metallic paint.
  3. Paint one side and then let it dry. Once it’s dry, paint the other side. Try to use thin layers of paint so it doesn’t take too long to dry.

Hang your new pinecone ornaments from your tree. For more detailed instructions, check out this blog from The Thinking Closet.

Sharpie Drawn Ornaments

Most parents have a ton of sharpies laying around from various craft projects. We have a great idea of how to put these sharpies to use. This project is for any age child.

Materials for your Sharpie Drawn ornaments:

  • Clear Christmas ornament bulbs (you can find these at most craft stores. Also, depending on your location, they are available from the dollar store).
  • Sharpie Permanent markers (if you don’t have any laying around, you can get these from any craft or dollar store).

Instructions for making your own:

  1. Give each of your children a bulb to start with. They are going to draw on the bulbs. If you decide to have a theme to all bulbs, let your children know,
  2. Draw your design on each clear ornament.
  3. Let each ornament dry for a few hours. Then go back over your design to make it darker.

Some great themes for these bulbs are santa claus, snowflakes, christmas trees or candy canes. You can do multiple colors on these ornaments. Just make sure the ink is dry completely before moving to a different color. Clarie Belle Makes has a great guide for using metallic sharpies to make your bulbs.

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