Some people buy new Christmas ornaments every year, others prefer to create them themselves. I love the store-bought ornaments for the shiny and perfect look but I also want to give Christmas a personal touch through ornaments, decorations and gifts. I would like to have a color coordinated tree but I choose instead a tree with mis-matched handmade ornaments, a tree that holds memories of important moments and people in our lives, a tree that will warm our hearts year by year.
Simple DIY Christmas ornaments, that don’t require much time and many supplies, that I can make while my kids nap or easy enough to get the kids involved, are my favorites.
These ornaments are not only a great way of using leftover scraps from other projects but also give you the liberty of choosing the type of material you feel most comfortable with. I prefer foam as it is very easy to cut but felt will also work.
- Start by drawing kids characters on paper. I did Mickey Mouse, Angry Bird, Mike from Monsters Inc., Cookie Monster and Pete the Cat.
- Use the paper stencil to cut out the foam shapes.
- Glue the foam pieces together. Don’t forget to also glue the twine at the back of the ornaments.
Because the project involves cutting and hot glue, young kids can’t really give you a helping hand but you can let them choose what characters they want turned into ornaments. Let their creative juices flow and draw the characters on their own and you take over the technical part. It would be fun to see what they come up with. Maybe a favorite character from books or movies. Encourage them to draw grandma and grandpa and you can turn those into perfect little Christmas gifts for grandparents.