As Christmas break approaches, it’s time to indulge in all things Christmas! In our house, we usually have two trees; the main tree (mom’s tree that nobody touches) and a kid’s tree aka the “CRAFT-Mas tree. It’s a tree that’s usually filled with the kids’ homemade Christmas ornaments and crafts from over the years.
If you want to add more of the kid’s creations to your tree or give to relatives as homemade gifts, try making these three ornament ideas this year.
1. Salt Dough Ornaments
What you need:
2 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 cup of warm water
Mix dry ingredients and slowly add your warm water and knead the dough.
Roll out flat, then use your cookie cutters. If you don’t have cookie cutters you can use your kid’s handprint or footprint for an even more memorable ornament. I used a play dough tool to make the holes (or use a straw) and then I baked on 300 for 1 hour. Let cool, then paint! Once they are dry you can tie a string or ribbon through the hole for hanging.
2. Macaroni Ornaments
What you need: Cardboard, noodle assortment, Ziploc bag, paint, glue
You will first need to dye your noodles. Use a small Ziploc bag for each different type of noodle and color that you use and coat the noodles in the paint by working them through the paint in the bad. Take out and let dry.
Cut your desired shape out of an old cardboard box. Once the noodles are dry, glue the noodles on your cardboard shape. Don’t forget to poke a hole at the top for the ribbon!
3. Gumball Machine Ornament
What you need: clear plastic ornament, pom pom balls, can lid, medicine cup (or mini solo cups), red paint, and a hot glue gun.
If you are like me you probably have a million medicine cups in your medicine cabinet that you can take a few and paint red. If not, you can use mini solo cups. Fill your clear plastic ornament with the pom ball color of your choice. Once your medicine cup is dry, use your hot glue gun to glue a can lid to the front and then glue it to the bottom of the plastic ornament.
I hope these crafts make a great addition to your kids’ “CRAFT-mas tree!”
Don’t forget to write their name, age, and year somewhere on the back so that you can have the memories of your keepsake DIY Christmas ornaments.