Although I do have a few of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, most of the decorations on my tree are homemade.
I normally make a few different ornaments with my son each year, so our tree is essentially a giant scrapbook of past Christmas memories.
There are lots of different ways to make Christmas ornaments, but I’d suggest starting with the clear ball ornaments that you can personalize.
I prefer the acrylic balls over the clear glass ornaments because then I don’t need to worry about my son or our cat accidentally breaking the ornaments. These ornaments are also easier to work with because they generally open at the sides instead of the top.
You can buy shatterproof acrylic clear ball ornaments at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or online through Amazon.com.
My favorite kid-friendly way to use these ornaments is to place rolled up strips of paper inside them. To do this, you simply cut long strips of paper about 1/2 inch wide and roll them around a pencil to make pretty curls. Use a mixture of coordinating colors and patterns for the best results.
If your kids want to make an ornament for grandpa and grandma, have them slip one of their wallet sized school photos inside the ball.
If you are a a knitter, scraps of yarn make colorful filler for these Christmas ornaments. Mix in beads from broken necklaces or bracelets for some added sparkle.
Silk flowers look pretty inside the ornaments and are inexpensive to purchase at your local dollar store.
Another cute idea I’ve seen is to use small Lego bricks to fill the ornaments. They are easy to snap apart when the holiday is over, so you can assure your child that you’re not permanently walking off with his bricks!
Do you decorate your tree with homemade ornaments? If so, what are your favorite ornament craft ideas?
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