How to Make Christmas Ornaments with Kids
December 9th, 2013 posted by Laura Bray
One of the main holiday traditions at our house is to make ornaments for the tree every year. I hope that one day my daughter will have her own tree and, as she pulls her homemade ornaments from the box, she remembers her happy, childhood holidays. This year we are making a painted wood village. It’s a very easy Christmas ornament to make with kids.
- Wood blocks in varying sizes. We used a package of whittling blocks from the craft store.
- Screw hooks
- Craft paint
- Foam brushes. Foam brushes cover a large area and create an even finish. They are also easier for kids to control.
- Paint pens and markers
1. Lightly sand the wood blocks. Older children can assist with this, but you may want to do it for the children.
2. Drill a hole into the top of the block and screw in a hook. This is a step for the parents to do!
3. Paint the blocks in various holiday colors. Paint all sides. Let the kids go wild with the colors-they could even paint each side a different color if they wish.
4. Allow the blocks to dry. I recommend that you allow them to dry overnight.
5. Using paint pens and markers, have the kids draw house and store fronts onto the front of each block. Again, this is the time to let the creativity flow! My daughter had a great time thinking up all kinds of building and houses for her ornament village. She also added snow men to the front of the buildings and drew a cup of cocoa sitting in the window of one house. These details will turn an ordinary ornament into a family memory.
6. Once the ornaments are dry, tie a ribbon through the hook and hang on your Christmas tree!