Christmas Ornament Crafts
For me Christmas time means crafts, crafts, crafts. One of my favorite crafts are Christmas tree ornaments. They are easy, fun and may for wonderful keepsakes. Plus, the kids love to make them. Use them for your tree or they make great presents.
Combine 2 cups flour and 1 cup salt. Add 1 cup water and 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Mix and knead well. If too stiff, add more water. If too sticky, add more flour. For colored dough, add food coloring to the water before combining it with other ingredients. Adding a few drops of peppermint oil or extract to the dough will “spice up” the kitchen as the kids are creating. This mixture keeps very well in an airtight container. “Creations” will dry hard within a few days and then can be painted.
For Christmas Ornaments: Omit oil. Roll dough out about 1/4 inch thick, then use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Using a nail, make a hole in the top of each ornament for thread. For textures, you can use a fork to add a design pattern, or add more dough to the ornaments by forming small scraps into shapes, moistening them with water and attaching them to the ornaments. Bake on a cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 30 minutes until hard. Test for hardness with a spoon. When cool, varnish to protect from moisture. When dry, draw design with white glue and sprinkle with glitter or paint on designs. When dry, slip heavy thread through the holes and tie a knot to make a loop. Sign on the back with the child’s name and year. Warn children not to eat these ornaments!
2.Time Capsule Ornaments
Fillable clear plastic ornament (ours is 80 mm)
Double-sided tape (we used Terrifically Tacky Tape for its extra-strong hold)
Scrapbooking paper cut into strips (ours are 5/8 inch wide)
Small photos or other memorabilia that fits inside the ball (optional)
Separate the two halves of the ball. Apply a strip of tape around the outside of the wider half. Carefully press the ribbon to the tape so that it’s close to but not touching the outer edge.
Write notes on the strips of scrapbooking paper, then roll them up and tuck them inside the ball. Add pictures, a photocopy of your child’s newborn footprint, and other mementos, if you like. Put the ball back together, then tie some ribbon and a tag with the year written on it onto the plastic loop.
3 round objects (we used a spice jar lid, the bottom of a yogurt container, and a mason jar lid)
Craft foam, white and orange
Using the round objects as patterns, cut out 2 white foam circles in each size. Place one set of the circles on a flat surface, spacing them 1/4 inch apart. With glue dots, glue a 12-inch piece of monofilament across the circles, then firmly press the matching circles on top. Use more glue dots to attach buttons and an orange craft foam nose. With a permanent marker, draw on eyes and a mouth. Finally, tie a ribbon scarf around the monofilament at the neck, and then knot the line above the head to create a loop for hanging.
4. Spoon Santa
Wooden craft spoon
White faux fur
Glue or glue dots
Self-adhesive googly eyes
Small white pom-pom
Cut out a red felt hat that’s slightly taller than the craft spoon handle (ours was about 3 inches). Use a pushpin to poke a hole through the felt about 1/4 inch below the tip of the hat. Thread a 7-inch length of monofilament through the hole and knot the ends to create a loop. Cut out a fur strip to trim the hat and glue it in place. Then cut out a fur beard. Glue the hat and the beard to the spoon, then stick the googly eyes to the wood. Finally, glue a small white pom-pom to the tip of the hat.
5. Reindeer Clothespin Ornaments
String in black, white, green or red
Glue (Elmer’s will work fine)
3 old fashioned clothespins
1 piece of red felt
1 piece of black felt
1 small white pom pom
1 pair of wiggly eyes
thin red ribbon in red, white or green
black paint and paintbrush (or permanent marker for adults)
Cut a 6″ length of string and tie the ends together to form a loop. Glue the knotted end of the string between the heads of two clothespins to create the reindeer’s body.To create the reindeers head, glue the third clothespin upside down onto the first two. When the glue has completely dried, attach a circle of red felt for a nose, a white pom pom for a tail and the pair of wiggly eyes.Cut two ears from the black felt and glue them to the base of the reindeer antlers. Tie the piece of thin red ribbon with the bell strung on it around the reindeer’s neck. Lastly, paint the reindeer’s hooves with black paint, or with a permanent magic marker (for adults).
My favorite is the Reindeer ornament. I made it when in 4th grade and my mom still has it. Its nice to makes these with your kids and keep them as keepsakes. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
By guest contributor: Jennifer