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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.
Christmas Crafts Ornament Buffet
Gather your materials. In this case that means grab what you have. Ribbons, garland, jar lids, glue, paint, glitter, jingle bells, 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, then 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.
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.
After the glue dried and it took a while… I added hooks with a hot glue gun.
Thanks to these Christmas crafts, now our tree has more ornaments with great memories attached.
Christina Cowan says
I love this idea, so open ended~I’m going to try this at our family Christmas party~!