DIY Ornaments to Make with Your Kids
I am not especially good at crafts. I never seem to have all the items to make a specific craft and I gravitate towards open ended art. This holiday season, I’m going to provide my kids with raw materials as well as images for inspiration to see what they come up with. I bought construction paper, glitter, glue, googly eyes, craft sticks and fancy pipe cleaners.
In case this is an epic fail, I’m also including some wonderful ornament crafts from other bloggers. We’ve never made ornaments before so we are venturing into new territory but I think homemade is much nicer than purchased.
Kids in the after school program at our elementary school hold a craft fair fundraiser. We usually buy ornaments at their sale for our tree. Aren’t they cute? We’ll use these as inspiration.
Homemade Ornaments Kids Can Make
For homemade ornaments that kids can create, I turned to Kid Blogger Network Christmas Pinterest board for great craft ideas. Please feel free to search here for ideas. I found great ideas here: 30 homemade ornament ideas from Hands On: As We Grow, 10 more ideas from No Time for Flashcards, and 15 from Red Ted Art.
I pulled a few more that I think we can pull off with the limited craft supplies we have. I’ll update this post when we make ornaments this weekend — we just got our tree so we are motivated!
CrafToArt has a great one using old bracelets and ribbon. I love the recycling aspect too!
Two Big Two Little has a craftstick ornament idea that is perfect for us! I love the Rudolph one and we’ve purchased these in years past from our school craft fair! Oh drat. I don’t know if I have pom pom balls. (This is why I am bad at crafts!)
Happy Holligans makes alphabet letters. My kids would love this!
Our Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Someone tried to play my son’s guitar using a pencil as bow. As a result, the strings were damaged and his guitar teacher switched them all out so they wouldn’t snap on him. We used the old strings to make this Christmas tree ornament. My son added a tag and voila! Our first homemade DIY ornament. Wire would work as well.
PickyKidPix, who’s 10, took a kids’ sewing class and made these lovely ornaments using felt, fabric and ribbon. You don’t have to use a sewing machine though! Try fabric glue or just tacking the edges down with a needle and thread. She loved using the sewing machine’s fancy stitches.
p.s. I posted on how to make your own personalized labels for gifts last year.