Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids
Christmas, for many of us, is all about creating a magical time for the children in our life. The stockings, the reindeer food (oatmeal and food coloring) the milk and cookies left out for Santa, all of the things that create memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Kids also like to be involved in the holiday preparations though. Not the boring stuff like helping clean the house before guests arrive or doing the dishes after the Christmas meal, but the cool stuff, like making their own Christmas decorations.
Things like cutting snowflakes out of paper or making paper garlands out of colored construction paper are easy and can be very effective but if the kids have done that all before (and the school aged ones almost certainly have) and want to try something different here are just a few ideas for creating easy home made decorations that children can try:
Sweet Candy Christmas Ornaments
Candy Canes are one of the most common sites at holiday time but these ornaments take the idea to a different level. Younger children will need help with the baking but the designs will be all their own.
What You Will Need:
Peppermint hard candies, red and green (the kind that come in big bags at the grocery store)
Edible cake decorations like sprinkles and dragees in different colors
Wire ornament hangers
Sheets of wax paper, Baking sheet, Glue
Have the children create their ornament using the candies on the wax paper laid on a baking sheet. The photos offer a few ideas but every child is sure to have their own. Preheat your oven to 350 and then bake the candy creations for 3-4 minutes.
Once the candies are melting slightly remove from the oven and allow to cool and harden. Once the decorations are ‘set’ attach the wire hanger to the ornament with a dab of glue (and make sure that younger kids know these candies are for looking at now, not for eating!)
Simple salt dough, an oven and some poster paints are all kids need to create their own Christmas ornaments that will not only look great on their own Christmas tree but will make great gifts as well:
What You Will Need:
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon water
A large bowl
Acrylic sealer spray (easily available at craft stores and helps the ornament last longer)
How Its Done
Have the children mix the salt, flour and water in the bowl and then knead the mixture together until it becomes a nice dough. Then they can go a bit wild, creating whatever shapes they like. Once they are satisfied with their creations, bake the ornaments at 250 for about 90 minutes.
After the ornaments have cooled after baking, they can be painted and decorated. Once that paint is dry, spritz the ornament with sealer and attach a length of ribbon to the back of the ornament for hanging.