Dec 04 2008
Last night my family and I took a stroll to our local Christmas Market. And, something really caught my eye: the handmade children’s Christmas ornaments hanging from the trees!
It seems that each tree is from a different preschool. I took pictures of my favorites/the ones I felt I could easily reproduce with my son.
My absolute favorite one is of the snowmen made from yogurt drink bottles.
6 great Christmas Ornament Ideas:
1. Here is an up-close of a homemade snowman ornament. They seem to be made with little yogurt drink containers, the bottom/metal part of a tea candle, construction paper, marker, and some garden wire. It is also possible they used glue to hold the tops on, but I’m not so sure. I think these are so great that I’m going to try them with my son! I already have all my supplies! Another great idea with these little guys would be to cut a hole either in the top or the back and push in a white (or multicolor) Christmas tree light to make them light-up in the dark. Oh, I can’t wait! I will definately share my results with you!
2 & 3. This is another great/cute idea for a homemade ornament. Just use some old CDs that are no longer needed and cover with your favorite paper and use some string to hang them. Also pictured (top right) are glitter glue stars. Just takes some glitter glue, squirt it into shapes on some aluminum foil or ard arylic, let dry, peel off, and hang with some string.
4 & 5. This is yet another great idea for some homemade Christmas ornaments for children! Paint those old CDs or make little paper maché balls and paint them! For the CDs you could use: old CDs, paint (finger or with brush) – avoid water colors that easily rub off, and some string to hang onto the tree. For the paper maché balls you could use: a small balloon that has been inflated and tied off, paint, strips of news paper, water, and flour. Mix some water and flour (not too much water) so that you have a slightly liquidy paste. Dip the news paper strips in the flour paste and layer over the balloon until it has been coated in multiple layers. Let dry (this may take a few days). Poke holes in the side to oush some string through to hang up. The balloon with deflate and jus sit inside. Paint your paper maché ornament once it’s completely dried.
6. Hanging Spices seem like something that would be interesting for both children and adults. You just need long pieces of string/rope and items to tie on: dried citrus slices, cinnamon, sticks, pine cones, etc. You can even make this mor interesting for the children by letting them write notes to Santa for him to read – an alternative to the Christmas wish list many children make each year.
I saw these hanging in the window at a local bakery. Here are some close-ups: