Homemade Christmas ornaments on our tree remind me of the years that have passed to quickly and the tiny hands that worked so diligently to make Mommy and Daddy a special gift. While the boughs of our tree are heavy with ornaments, the handmade creations my children have made are by far my favorites.
Take a look at 12 of the homemade Christmas ornaments from our tree made with materials you probably already have but just in case ~
- Wiggly eyes
- Self-adhesive jewels, sequins
- Glue Dots or school glue
- Scrapbook paper, cardstock, construction paper
- Jumbo Jingle Bells
- Various colors tempera paint
- Styrofoam balls
- Straight pins
- Christmas colored metallic chenille stems
- Various colors chenille stems
- Metallic pony beads
- Interlocking pony beads
1. Handprint Santa ~ Paint your child’s hand in white, peach, and red. Then, firmly press the child’s hand against a piece of cardstock or construction paper. Use a round pencil eraser to imprint the eyes and nose. Laminate for stability and to make the ornament last.
2. Cookie Cutter Felt ~ Use a cookie cutter to trace the outline on a piece of felt. Using sharp scissors, cut the shape out. Use yarn or curly ribbon to hang and have a baby-proof Christmas ornament or decorate with glitter, sequins, and/or buttons.
3. Jingling Reindeer ~ Paint a large jingle bell brown. Attach two wiggle eyes and a tiny pompom nose. Use tan chenille stems to fashion the antlers.
4. Super-easy Stocking ~ Cut a stocking shape from a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Decorate with sequins, glitter, and scrapbook paper before laminating. Then, edge the stocking with cotton.
5. Christmas Mouse ~ Use your child’s thumbprint to form the mouse body. Then, using a finely-tipped permanent marker, draw the mouse’s features. Cut the paper into a circle. Cut a frame from a foam sheet and decorate with glitter and glue.
6. Handprint Christmas Tree ~ Paint your child’s hand green and then firmly press it to a piece of cardstock or construction paper. Allow to dry and then laminate. Decorate with stars, sequins, and glitter.
7. CD Baby ~ Recycle and old CD by gluing a picture of your child in the middle. Edge the CD with sequins or glitter.
8. Scrappy Chain ~ Cut pieces of scrapbook paper into three inch lengths. Using a stapler or clear tape, shape the pieces of paper into circle, overlapping to make a chain.
9. Chenille Candy Canes ~ Place two chenille stems together and twist tightly. Shape the combined stem into a crook for a candy cane.
10. Sparkly Candy Canes ~ Slide interlocking pony beads onto a chenille stem. Twist a knot into each end of the chenille stem and then gently press the beads to shape a candy cane.
11. Simple Sequin Balls ~ Using straight pins, attach decorative sequins of any shape to a styrofoam ball. Press them securely into the ball and place out of reach of young children.
12. Shiny Snowflakes ~ Use gold, silver, or white chenille stems to fashion a snowflake by twisting the stems together. Slide coordinating pony beads on the stems and twist the stems into knots if needed.
What are the favorite ornaments on your Christmas tree?
Tabitha is a saved by grace wife to one amazing husband and mother to four terrific kids, ages 9 and under. Blogging under the pseudo-name “Penny” at Meet Penny, Tabitha loves to write about topics including homeschooling, frugal living, homemaking, recipes, Autism, faith, parenting, and motherhood. In 2012, she was ranked number 5 in the Top 25 Homeschooling Moms 2012 at Circle of Moms, recognized as one of the 15 pinners mothers should follow on Pinterest by iVillage, a division of NBCUniversal, and was featured in You Can Do It Too: 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories.
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