December 17, 2010

Last Minute Kid-Friendly Christmas ornaments...

Just in case you need a first last minute gifts for Grandma & Grandpa (or ways to keep the kids entertained at the start of break because Christmas can't come FAST ENOUGH) here are some fun kid-friendly Christmas ornaments.

First up....

Using paper mache ornaments, spread some glue onto the ornament in sections then cover the ornament with small pieces of tissue paper. Cover again with a bit of glue diluted in water and sprinkle generously with glitter. Or, if you own glitter glue that saves several steps. Glitter glue ROCKS! Michael's has their paper mache ornaments on clearance right now too!

next up...

Cut out Christmas trees from card stock or construction paper. Brush with glue and generously sprinkle with glitter (or use glitter glue). Let dry and glue a picture in the center. Leave room to punch a hole at the top of the ornament for a Christmas hook or ribbon.

Third up…

A variation of the 2nd ornament (and something a bit more exciting for the preteen in my house). Cut out a tree-shape from felt and using a low-temp glue gun, attach pom poms, trim and other embellishments.

Last up…
We made these ornaments last year out of beads and pipe cleaners. It's such an easy craft, I thought I'd recycle it again.

Beaded Ornament/Picture Frame

Medium sized plastic beads
Pipe cleaners
* If you want to use this ornament as a picture frame, you will also need a picture, scissors and glue.

Step 1. Take the pipe cleaner and string one bead to an inch of the end of the pipe cleaner. Loop the pipe cleaner around the bead so that the bead doesn't slip off the end of the pipe cleaner.

Step 2. Pour the beads into a small container and let your child string the beads onto the pipe cleaner.
Step 3. Have your child string beads until there is about an inch left of the pipe cleaner.

Step 4. Take the pipe cleaner and form a circle. Close off the ends by twisting the pipe cleaner together. Use the excess pipe cleaner to form a hook.

Step 5. I decided to use this ornament as a picture frame and I printed off one of their recent pictures onto paper and glued it to the back of the bead ornament and trimmed the excess paper. This craft is definitely simple and easy enough for a toddler to complete.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get lots of things checked off your list!
Thank you for stopping by.
I know it's a busy time of year and I appreciate your visits so much.
We have some very special friends to visit this weekend. Can't wait!


Anita said...

Oh I LOVE these Kim!! Exactly the type of Christmas crafts I was looking to do with Kaylin! Thank you! Maybe I'll even be able to get my big kids in on the fun, too :)

Have a wonderful weekend with your friends!!

Jodi said...

Fun!!! I bought materials for the cupcake ornaments! Can't wait to make them this weekend!

Heather said...

Very fun! I like how intent Josie is when she is doing her crafts!

Life in Rehab said...

Very cool! I have some short people coming over this weekend, and that might just keep them occupied!

Cindy said...

What great ideas! Josie reminds me of Tori when she is doing a project...very focused! We have got to get these girls together...

Have a great holiday weekend!
Much love,

Lee said...

Terrific ideas, Kim!
Have a great weekend~much fun for all!

Jodee Leader said...

Oh my word! They are all just adorble!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Jenn Erickson said...

Wonderful ornament projects -- ALL! I especially love the glittered papier mache ornaments! Who needs Pottery Barn, when you can make gorgeous ornaments like these? And so much more meaningful when made by those sweet little hands! Merry Christmas Kim!