If there’s one thing I love around the holidays, it’s putting up our Christmas tree so we can see all of the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. My favorites are the personalized ornaments I’ve purchased each year, showing our growing family. I like to get the ones that show each member of the family with names and the year.
As we hung up our ornaments this past week, I realized I hadn’t yet purchased any for this year. As much as I love the tradition, it does add up, and the thought of spending close to $100 on a collection of ornaments was daunting. That’s when the thought occurred to me: how about making ornaments this year?
So I scoured the internet in search of the perfect ornament crafting project, finding a few options for my family.
1. Purchase pre-made ornaments to paint.
One option is to purchase ornaments to paint at home. I found many options on Amazon.com, which is as easy as you can get in terms of ordering — especially if you are an Amazon Prime member with 2-day shipping. There are a number of plaster or ceramic options available on specialty sites as well.
If you don’t need the ornaments to be plaster or ceramic, you can purchase wooden ornaments for the kids to paint at places like Walmart or Target.
2. Purchase bulb ornaments to paint and fill.
Another option is to purchase clear ornament bulbs and then paint them with craft paint and fill them with whatever you’d like. One cute idea from Michael’s craft store is a Christmas wish list ornament.
- Step 1
- Cut out a 2″x7″ piece of copy paper for your child to write their Christmas wish list on.
- Step 2
- Give your child the pen to write their Christmas wish list for this year.
- Step 3
- Using the pen, curl the wish list on both ends to make it look like a scroll. Use image as your guide.
- Step 4
- Place your child’s name and wish list on one of the halves of the snap ornament with the stickers.
- Step 5
- Place the white and green pom poms into the other half of the snap ornament.
- Step 6
- Place the wish list in the half with the stickers on it.
- Step 7
- Snap the two halves together to make the ornament.
- Step 8
- Cut a piece of ribbon to 8″ and thread through the hanger opening of the ornament.
- Step 9
- Cut out a ½”x1½” piece of copy paper to make the tag. Write the year of the wish list onto the tag. Pierce a small hole in the tag with the point of the pen and thread through the ribbon on the ornament. Then tie both ends of the ribbon together.
3. Make your own ornament to paint.
If you want to get really crafty you can make your own dough to decorate as ornaments. I like the project on Happy Hooligans, a crafts and activities site for toddlers and preschoolers. The clay is created with baking soda, corn starch, and water and dries a bright white.
You can make the dough with your kids and then use Play Doh accessories or cookie cutters to form your ornaments. While the dough is still wet, the kids can also press beads or jewels into the ornaments.
For parents wanting personalized ornaments, you could make any shape you want and then write names and the year on the front or back of the ornaments with a Sharpie.