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Christmas Ornament Craft Ideas For Children
Some may remember many holidays spent making Christmas ornaments as a child. As a matter of fact, some of those Christmas ornaments may still hang on your tree years later. Creating heirlooms as simple as ornaments is delightful for people of all ages. However, children especially get excited about the craft. If you need a child friendly craft for this holiday season, consider making Christmas ornaments. There is no doubt you and the child will cherish them forever.
Christmas PlayDoh Ornaments
If you want something that will
last a bit longer and that can be stored for each year, try making
ornaments out of PlayDoh or molding clay. These doughs can be molded
into any shape of ornament the child wants. When they dry, they are hard
and will last for years if properly stored. Before you allow the design
to dry however, make sure you poke a hole in the top, so that when it
does dry, you can loop a ribbon through the top to create a hanger.
Christmas Cookie Ornaments
For an ornament that is as fun to eat as it is to make, consider trying cookie holiday ornaments. These ornaments usually don't last long, for good reason. However, they are lovely to add to the tree or in a cellophane sack on a present. Making Christmas cookies is an old tradition that is rarely done today. To make these cookies, you will need a sugar cookie recipe. After you locate the recipe, allow the children to help mix and bake the sweets. Use cookie cutters for lovely holiday shapes. After baking and cooling, allow the children to decorate the cookies with hard drying icing.
Christmas Pipe Cleaner Ornaments
For young children, pipe cleaner ornaments are the best. By twisting pipe cleaners together and creating fun and interesting designs and shapes, you can create lovely Christmas ornaments. These decorations do not much artistic skill, but a lot of creativity. You can hang them as is on your tree for lovely child made décor.
Christmas Popcorn Ornaments
Popcorn is a great tool when making Christmas ornaments. There are many things you can do with popcorn. For young children, you can cut shapes out of cardboard or construction paper and allow them to glue popcorn onto them. For example, a snowman shape would be great for a popcorn snowman. For older children, you can allow them to take a needle threaded with fishing line and make popcorn strings for the tree. These strings can't really be stored well, so hang them on a tree for winter birds after the holiday is over.
Always remember to add the artist's name and the date to the back of each ornament with a permanent marker if possible. This will help you remember the occasion years down the road. If you can't save the ornament then take a picture of the child with the ornament so you both can remember it forever. You will be able to use some of these ornaments for many years, and may even allow the child to take them along when they marry or move out.