We have made homemade ornaments for our Christmas tree for the last five years! My tree is starting to get over-taken by this home-made goodness. I’m okay with that though, because these ornaments are pretty awesome!! The kids are super duper proud of them and they’re not only sentimental for me, but I just love the way they look too. Here’s a little round-up of 5 Christmas tree ornaments that kids can make. Hopefully you can find some inspiration for your tree!
Click on the title of each ornament to link to the post with the actual instructions!
2013 – Melted Crayon ornaments
2012 – Melted perler bead and cookie cutters ornaments
2011 – Thumbprint ornaments
2010 – Model magic snowflake ornaments
2009 – Handprint snowmen ornament
We make a homemade ornament for the tree every single year. It’s just a tradition that we do that I started when my kids were babies. This is our fifth year going strong, and I have to say, these are SOOOO pretty, they might be my favourite so far. I know I say that every year, but these are just so pretty. They’re easy to make, and they look brilliant. All the crayon drippings are INSIDE the ornament too, so there is ZERO mess! I swear you could buy these in fancy stores they’re so pretty! We made 18 of these beauties this past weekend and I already want to make more to give away. They would make a great gift if you can bear to part with any of them. Mine are all on my tree. Every single one of them! This is how you make them…
What You’ll Need
1 package of Crayola crayons – don’t cheap out here because the Crayola ones really do melt the best
a sharp craft knife
1 package of clear GLASS craft ornaments
a hair dryer
a pair of oven mitts of thick winter gloves
* My kids had fun picking out the crayon colours and putting the crayon pieces in the ornaments. I did the blow drying part because the glass ornaments can get quite hot! Please supervise children when performing this part of the craft!*
How to Make It
1. Take your crayons out of the box and, using your craft knife, peel the wrappers from the crayons. Once your crayons are peeled, cut your crayons into small pieces – about 6 pieces per crayon.
2. Take the silver top off your ornament and place 3-4 crayon pieces into the ball. Experiment with colour combinations and have fun!
3. Put the silver top back on the ornament and put on a thermal or winter mitt. Turn your hair dryer on high heat and hold your ornament in your gloved hand. Heat up the crayons until they start to melt and then swirl the ornament around in your hand so the colours swirl all over the inside of the ornament. Don’t melt the crayons completely, it will be too much. Once you are satisfied with the coverage, turn off the blow dryer heat.
4. Take the silver top back off the ornament, and turn the ornament upside down over a plate or bowl. Turn your hair dryer on once again and heat up the crayons until they fall out of the opening at the bottom and on to your plate or bowl. Put the silver top back on your ornament, and you’re done!
Here is a major picture overload of some of my favourite ornaments we made.
Happy Monday everyone! I have a special surprise for you guys today – although if you follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen these My hot date on this past Saturday night was putting together 60 of these treat bags with my daughter for my kid’s classes at school. I know, you’re jealous. I designed the treat bag toppers myself with clip art bugs that I purchased from Miss Tiina (love her stuff by the way!). They turned out so cute that I’m offering this as a free printable for you guys! Now, I’m no graphic designer, but I’m pretty sure they’ll work for everyone. These ‘bugs and kisses’ treat bags are going to be a hit at school this year for Halloween!
First you’ll want to print off your ‘bugs and kisses’ labels. There are 4 labels per sheet of paper. I printed them off in best quality on heavy duty cardstock. Once I printed them off, I used my Fiskars paper trimmer to cut them out, which gives them really nice and clean lines. If you don’t have a paper trimmer, scissors will work too!
You’re going to need lots of Hershey’s kisses and lots of plastic bugs. I found plastic spider rings, plastic flies and plastic ants. I scoured the Halloween sections of the dollar store, Walmart and Michael’s to find these treasures. They are pretty easy to find this time of year in the Halloween sections – but hurry because the Halloween décor is selling FAST this week!
You’re also going to need some plastic baggies. I bought some in the craft section of the dollar store. They are 4 1/4″ by 4 3/4″, which will fit these labels just about perfectly. Mine came in a bag of 40 for $1.00. I love a deal!
I filled the bags with about 10 Hershey’s kisses, and a few bugs. Then pressed the air out of the baggies and closed the Ziploc top. I folded the topper over the bag, going right to the top and stapled the topper onto the bag. That’s it!
Get your free printable ‘bugs and kisses’ bag toppers HERE. Enjoy and happy crafting!
Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend and we’ll be super busy celebrating with our families. Kirsten and I (Cam didn’t want to participate, lol!) made a thankful tree this week after school, and it looks just gorgeous on our table. She had a lot of fun collecting leaves and branches from our backyard and thinking of things that she is thankful for. She wrote out what she’s thankful for on the leaves, and I glued the leaves to the branches. It’s so pretty and a great lesson for kids to be appreciative for what they have. Here’s how we made it…
What you’ll need
lots of colourful leaves – you may want to press and dry them before this project
a pile of nice tall branches
a sharpie marker
a hot glue gun
1. Gather some beautiful, colourful Fall leaves and branches. You may want to press and dry the leaves in book pages before you do this craft. If that’s the case, they’ll need a couple days to be pressed. Plan accordingly. If you don’t press and dry them, they will wilt a little, but still look okay.
2. Put your branches in a nice vase.
3. Spread your leaves out on a table – I tore apart an old cereal box to cover my table and prevent any sharpie mishaps on it!
4. Get your kiddos to write out things that they are thankful for. You will probably want at least 20+ leaves for your tree.
5. Hot glue the leaves onto the tree branches with adult supervision. I did this step myself!
6. Place your gorgeous tree in a spot where everyone will see it and marvel in it’s beauty!
Summer isn’t over yet! Are you still looking for some fun things to do with your kids to beat the summer heat? PBS Parents has recently released an awesome new eBook – Summer craftivities. It’s a compilation of 30 easy and fun summer crafts, activities and games from popular bloggers in the parenting community – including yours truly PBS Parents empowers parents as they prepare their children for success in school – and in life.
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