The 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.
My son created with garland and my daughter attacked the glitter while I painted some candy canes. 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.
Now our tree has more ornaments with great memories attached.