I love Crafty Chica, she has some great crafts. Everything she makes is soo colorful. Here she makes a cute DIY Christmas ornament out of a bangle bracelet and tinsel. Instead of the bangle, I like to use the cardboard from an empty roll of masking tape and raffia, newspaper, or other eco-friendly or recycled materials….but that’s just me.
I decided to post some pictures of what kids are coloring with the new Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book. This is just the coloring part. After the kids color, they can cut, glue, and assemble them into really unique three-dimensional ornaments. These Ornament Projects can easily be done with construction paper and your own designs as well. I find that adult like to color just as much as the kids. There are two ways to get these fun coloring sheets: Amazon sells the book! Teachers Pay Teachers sells the download.
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Have you ever seen those beautiful three-dimensional paper Christmas ornaments? Well, they are really pretty easy to make. All you need is an ornament template, some paper, markers, scissors and glue, and you are on your way to creating some beautiful ornaments.
First, color in several copies of the same ornament. It is best to color each one a little differently; it really adds variety.
Then cut them out and fold each in half with the colored sides together.
Match up the folded halves of the ornament and glue together with a glue stick. Repeat until all but the last two halves have been glued together.
Before you glue the last two sides together, place a looped piece of string in the crease and draw a line of white glue on the top.
Finally glue the last two sides together and hang on the tree from the loop.
You can do this with simple shapes and construction paper too!
Have Fun & Enjoy!
Your kids will love these ornaments and will want to help you make them. They do take a little time, so expect to be at it for a few days, depending on your climate.
- Plastic Christmas balls (I buy mine at garage sales)
- Paper Mache paste (flour, water & glue)
- Gesso or white paint
- Red, tan, and orange paint
- Black Sharpie pen
- Polyurathane or spray varnish
Set up a work area that can get messy. For example, cover your table with newspaper. Shred some newspaper into 1” strips, just a couple inches long. Make a small batch of paper mache paste (use your favorite recipe) or (mix ¼ cup white flour, ¾ cup water and 2TBS white school glue). Dip the newspaper strips into the paste to saturate, then let the excess moisture drip off. Apply the strips to the Christmas balls until they are completely covered. Let them dry over night. I just hang them from the tree to dry so that they don’t touch anything. You may want to make a batch of these, giving little hands something to do for the first step.
When the paper mache is dry, use Gesso or white paint to cover the newsprint. Paint the entire ball except for the cap. Again, let this dry.
Now you can draw your favorite Angry Birds face. Paint the faces in and allow them to dry once again.
Put on the finishing touches, like the eyebrows and eyes on with a Sharpie or permanent black marker. Finally, spray Varathane over the balls for shine and to preserve them (this step is not for children, make sure to follow the instructions and spray in a well ventilated area). Voila, Angry Birds in your tree!
Beachcombing is a popular past time of vacationers, but handfuls of sand and shells often get tossed aside after the thrill of the find. Making Christmas ornaments with your beach found treasures can be a great way to perpetuate your memories from a family vacation. These ornament are so easy, even the littlest of hands can help make them, which makes this a great family time craft.
Making glass beachcomber ornaments requires that you have empty clear glass or acrylic fillable ornaments and a handful of small shells, beach glass, or sand. Simply remove the tops and let your little ones fill with treasures. You will only need a few shells to make these ornaments look attractive; overfilling can cause breakage and increase the weight of these ornaments. When the desired look is achieved, replace the top and add raffia or ribbon. It may be tempting, but don’t shake the ornaments or they will break. Also, unless you are using plastic, I don’t recommend shipping these ornaments because the shells will break the glass in the process.
You don’t have to be a wine-drinker to make this fun craft. Ask your favorite waiter to save you just a handful the next time you go out to dinner. My kids love to help make cork ornaments, especially with all the glitter!