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!