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A Quick And Easy Christmas Craft
Christmas Traditions At Our House
Christmas isn't always about the gifts. At our house, Christmas is about traditions and memories. One tradition that we do every year is make ornaments for our tree. No matter how old the children get they always look forward to the traditions that create Christmas. We have quite a few and adding new ornaments is one of our favorite.
It's amazing how much we forget over a year. When we open the box that holds our Christmas tree ornaments and start remembering the memories it always warms all of our hearts. The kids like to talk about the ornaments made at school and remember what grade they were in and who their teacher was that year. They love to recollect over the ornaments that we made together as a family and we always love adding the current year's ornament to our tree.
We love to talk about what we did last year or years prior and the fun we had at Christmas. Christmas for our family is all about tradition and memories made. We don't put a lot of emphasis on presents and high tech gadgets. We like to enjoy the time together that we share and the excitement of the season.
My children are getting older and although they have busy lives and a lot of things going on each day, they still make time to sit down and make Christmas ornaments and gingerbread houses and we listen to Christmas music every day of the season. We can't help but love our family traditions and all look forward to the Christmas season every year.
Recycle, Don't Throw Away!
There is one thing I love to do and that is recycle. I love to find uses for things that would normally be tossed into the garbage. If I can think of a way to re-use something I will save it and put it to good use.
Recycling toilet tissue rolls is easy to do and there are a lot of uses for them. We created this Christmas ornament using them and we couldn't be happier about how they turned out.
This is a great craft for families with children of any age, as well as a craft for school children. Teachers could use this idea for a classroom project for students.
I hope you find as much pleasure in making these Santa Pants ornaments as we did!
What You Need To Make This Christmas Ornament
Let's get started on this adorable craft. You will need just a few items to make a Santa Pants ornament.
- Red craft paint
- Black craft paint
- Gold craft paint
- A broad craft paint brush
- A fine tip craft paint brush
- Toilet tissue roll
- Poster board or cardboard
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Clear fishing line or string
Recycle Toilet Tissue Rolls To Make A Cute Christmas Ornament
Don't toss out those toilet tissue rolls. They can be recycled into a lot of things, including a cute Christmas ornament. These little Santa pants can be filled with chocolate kisses or red and white peppermints and given as simple gifts to friends and family. They can be used to create a cute advent calendar with a small treat in each one to count down the days until Santa visits. The uses are endless with these small creations. Grab a few toilet tissue rolls and get ready to craft!
Supplies To Make This Christmas Ornament
Let's Get Started
Place newspaper or craft paper down to keep from getting paint on the table. Cut the toilet tissue roll in half. Each roll will create two ornaments. Poke a hole in each side of the roll. Attach a piece of clear fishing line or string to create the hanger. Doing this first allows you to hold the roll on your fingers as you paint.
Cut a small piece of poster board or cardboard into a square. Run a bead of hot glue around the edge of the roll and attach the square. Trim the square around the roll.
Paint the entire roll red and let dry. If you want another coat, paint the second coat and let dry.
Using the hot glue gun, use steady pressure to run a line of hot glue around the roll. Repeat a bit lower to create the belt. Make a square using the hot glue gun to create the buckle.
(Note: If you would rather skip the step of making the belt out of hot glue and black paint, a strip of black electrical tape would do just was well and make the buckle out of hot glue only.)
Finishing the Ornament
Once you have added the hot glue belt and buckle to the roll, paint the belt black with the fine tip craft paint brush and then the buckle gold. If you need to touch up with red go back and do that after the black and gold are dry.
Paint the inside of the roll red. Paint the inside bottom red. It's up to you if you want to paint the bottom of the roll red or leave it the color of card board or poster board.
Let the paint dry and fill with goodies to give out as gifts or hang on your tree.
Do you enjoy adding new Christmas ornament to your tree that you have made each year?
Many Different Ideas To Use Santa Pants Ornaments
There are so many ways to use these cute Santa Pants ornaments. If you like to give out a simple gift to a lot of people, these are the perfect solution. You can make as many as you need in a short amount of time. Setting up a little assembly line allows you to make them in bulk.
- Fill them with candy and set them on coworkers desks or give out to your friends at church or school.
- Add a little potting soil and some flower seeds and get them sprouted and they can be planted right into a pot later on to let the flowers grow. Since they are made of paper they will compost as the flower grows.
- Roll a little dryer lint into red tissue paper and stuff inside the roll and give a basket of them to friends that have fireplaces. They would make ideal fire starters.
- Make enough for an advent tree and place a small treat inside each one for a Santa count down for young children.
- Hang them outside on a line with birdseed for the birds to eat.
- Poke holes in the bottoms to slide over lights and make a cute garland.
The ideas are endless and there are so many ways to use a little ornament like this for Christmas gift giving. Anyone would be pleased to see that you took the time to make something personal and give them a home made gift. Remember, it's not the gift that matters, it is the thought that counts.