Ornament Buffet – Creative Christmas Crafts

easy christmas ornament craft for kidsThe kids wanted to make ornaments for the tree but now that they are older and doing less art with me I didn’t want our time together to be spent with a mom directed activity. I wanted to let the creative juices flow and spend time chatting while we did. When I think about making Christmas crafts,  the thing I love the most is the casual chats and camaraderie that I feel while creating next to my kids.  This is what being together looks like. These ornaments won’t wow you and I don’t have any big step by step  tutorial for you to follow but hopefully it inspires you to grab what you have on hand and create and connect with your kids.

Gather your materials. In this case that means grab what you have. Ribbons, garland, jar lids, glue, paint, glitter, jingle bells, glue, buttons, really anything sparkly. There is no wrong way to do this. You will want some divided plates to make a fun presentation. I also used paper plates to contain the mess. Each child had three so if an ornament needed to dry I just lifted the plate up and they were ready to make another.

I created a place for each child with the plates, glue and a place mat. ornament making buffet

They dove right in. ornament making buffet for kids

My son created with garland and my daughter attacked the glitter while I painted some candy canes.ornament art project buffet We talked about Christmas when I was a kid ( you know in the dark ages), and we speculated about what the elves might be doing right now up in the North Pole. ornament buffet

After the glue dried and it took a while… I added hooks with a hot glue gun. open ended ornament creation

Now our tree has more ornaments with great memories attached.

Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts

christmas crafts for kids These easy Christmas ornament crafts are so simple to make and the perfect craft for school age kids that are busy but still want to make a fun Christmas craft. They really sparkle and are ready to go in just minutes which makes them perfect for impatient kids like my son. Also the addition of a low temp glue gun sealed the deal, my son was so excited to get to use this very grown up tool. Low temp glue guns are safe for even younger kids if you have taken the time to teach them how to use them safely. Of course if your child isn’t ready for that you can do this step for them.

Gather your materials. You will need some jar lids ( ours are from my favorite Trader Joe’s salsa I love the gold tone) , holographic tape from the dollar store, shiny pipe cleaners, and a low temp glue gun. christmas craft for kids

Start by adding the tape to the jar lids. My son decided he was making these for some of his buddies so he had clear idea of designs for each. The tape was tricky to get going at first even for a 7 year old for younger kids I would possibly pre-cut some and have it on the edge of a table or box for easy handling. ornaments for kids

Once he got the hang of the tape he was in the zone. ornament crafts for kids

After all the designs are done it’s time to choose pipe cleaners to turn into loops for hanging.  My son carefully twisted them into circles. Psst this is all good fine motor practice too! jar lid ornaments

Plug in your hot glue gun and add a glob on top of the jar lid then place the pipe cleaner in and stay still for a minute while the glue hardens enough to lay it down. I helped my son do the first one DIY ornament for kidsand then when he was more confident he did the others. ornament craft for 1st grade

Ready to gift to his buddies! easy ornament craft ideas for kids

1 Minute Christmas Ornaments

Time is short during the holiday season and these ornaments took no time at all to fill. The fun part for your kids is to find things that fit through the hole at the top to fill the ornaments with. As you can imagine we have a lot of craft supplies that we have gathered over the years and me being me I save everything to use again . Having a bunch of ornaments and different fill in a craft buffet would be super fun activity for a holiday party. I like the idea of using these as an alternative to wrapping too.

All you really need are some clear plastic ornaments waiting to be filled.

Here were our ideas:

Fuse beads were so colorful and would make a cute stocking stuffer as is.

The glass beads reflected the light so well.

These wood beads would fit right in with our rustic holiday decor.

These pony beads could be packaged with a jewelry box and some beading thread as a whole jewelery themed gift.

The pom poms were fun for my toddler to help me put in and make a great unbreakable ornament for a tree for a young family or someone with cats!

The jingle bells not only looked great they also had a beautiful and a little muted jingle to them.

It goes without saying that the LEGO one was my son’s favorite. I think it might be mine too.

What would you fill your empty ornaments with ?

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10 Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts

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Did I ever tell you the very first craft I designed myself was a Christmas ornament when I was 5 or 6. It’s true. My parents still have it. It was an empty spool of thread with wrapping paper carefully cut out and taped around it. It was finished with a pink ribbon. In the almost 30 years since I have not spent a single Christmas without making at least one ornament craft. These 10 easy ornament crafts are perfect for kids of all ages some so simple that even toddlers can make them.

Simple Lid Ornaments
Spin Art Ornaments
Yarn Nest Ornament
Recycled Photo Card Ornaments
Gift Tag Ornaments
Easy Letter Ornaments
No Mess Glitter Ornaments
Stamped Clay Ornaments
Easy Bell Ornament
Felt Wreath Ornament

Clay Ornaments -made with stamps & cookie cutters

This year I have cut every corner there is to cut. My daughter has me chasing her , making sure she hasn’t swallowed any of my son’s Legos that may have escaped his room, I have much more grey hair this year… but a more full heart too.  This project isn’t ground breaking but using stamps and cookie cutters with the air dry clay was a great way of making this project attainable for both my kids. Air dry clay is not as easy to manipulate as say salt dough or play dough that little hands are used to so using tools like these help make it a fun successful activity.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some air dry clay ( although you could do it with salt dough or ready to bake clay too), cookie cutters, Christmas themed rubber stamps, a toothpick . Once dry you can paint with all sorts of paints, we used water color.
  2. Start by just playing with the clay. Then cut out with cookie cutters. Both wanted a star .
  3. Using stamps you can make designs on the clay. My daughter loved this and unlike when she uses stamps on playdough the clay was stiff enough that the impressions stayed.My son cut a second and started creating his own shapes … he still hasn’t painted it but if he never does that’s ok too, it doesn’t have to be painted.
  4. Add holes for hanging using a toothpick.
  5. Let dry for a few days.
  6. Time to paint.I loved using the water color because it was a great opportunity to have a lesson about colors with all in front of my toddler without a huge effort.
  7. She explored the paint… make sure it’s non toxic especially if you are doing this with a teething toddler like I did.
  8. I was impressed how vivid the colors stayed on the clay.
  9. Let dry and hang up.

 

Book

The Little Christmas Elf (Little Golden Book) by Nikki Shannon Smith is a sweet book not just about Christmas but also about perseverance, attention to detail and hard work. In this story the littlest elf is working hard but just sin’t fast enough to get her teddy bear finished in time to be in Santa’s sack for Christmas. Santa delivers the bad news but encourages the little elf to keep at it and they will use the toy next year. She still doesn’t give up doing her best work even knowing Santa is already off to children’s homes everywhere. Right after she is done Santa comes back, a new baby was born and he needs that teddy bear! I loved the message and my son did too. Very sweet book.