One of the many traditions my family has is making Christmas ornaments. We make something different every year. Each year when we unpack the ornaments to put on the tree, we are flooded with memories of the time we made that ornament. It brings smiles every year… even when they don’t turn out quite like you planned!
Salt dough ornaments – This is one of my favorite Christmas ornaments because you can make so many things and utilize those fine motor skills with forming, painting, and decorating!! These are good ways to capture tiny handprints and writing personal messages for presents. Salt dough will last for years but a word of caution… you must store them inside in a Ziploc bag to keep out moisture. I accidentally put them in the box with the glass ornaments in the shed one year. Needless to say, I had a soggy mess!
#1 Salt dough ingredients:
– 4 cups Flour, – 1 cup Salt, – 1.5 cups Wam Water (maybe a little more)
Mix all ingredients and knead into a nice pliable dough. You can use cookie cutters or free hand to make any shape including letters. It takes several hours for your dough to completely dry. You can speed the process by putting them in the oven on 250 for a while. The time depends on how thick your ornament is… you just have to check on them to make sure they don’t burn. Once they are cool you can begin painting them. I suggest making them one day then decorating another day.
#2 Popsicle stick snowflakes
These are fun and easy Christmas ornaments and can bring a lot of color and sparkle to your tree. You can have a color-themed tree and paint them how you want, or you can let the child pick whatever color they want. You can add glitter, jewels, bells, pompoms or whatever you want. Creativity is the name of the game.
#3 Picture frame ornaments
Use your imagination! These Christmas ornaments can be made out of anything, wood, felt, plastic, and in any shape you want. They can be as simple as four popsicle sticks glued together. Paint them, decorate them, and glue the picture on. Super simple and lots of fun. Half the fun is taking the picture you want in the frame! Remember to write in permanent marker the year of the picture on the front or back.
#4 Clothespin ornaments
You can get is easy or complicated as you want with these Christmas ornaments. I’ve seen some really cute reindeer and Santa pins! The snowman is a super easy one for the littles. A little glue, marker, yarn, paint, and pompom and you’re all done! These even make cute Christmas card holders!!
#5 Premade personalized ornaments
Take those old lackluster ornaments from past years and perk them up with some paint and glitter! Create snowman fingerprints, paint the year as a keepsake, there are so many options with this Christmas ornament! If you have clear ornaments, take a picture of the children, and place it inside with a little white glitter… instant snow globe with those you love!
By now you have realized it doesn’t take many materials or lots of experience to create beautiful memories that last a lifetime! Go on, dig right in and make a child smile! You got this!
Belinda Davis ©2019