Every Christmas my son and I make simple ornaments that he can give to his grandparents and friends, as well as hang on our tree. To me (and his grandmoms) it is sentimental to look at the different ornament he has made each year and it’s become a nice holiday tradition for us to make something for the tree together. I based the level of difficulty of the project on my son’s age and attention span. One year I used foam sheets and cut out mitten shapes. My son used washable finger paint to make hand prints on the mittens and I added the date in sparkle glue. Last year he made candy canes out of pipe cleaners and triangle shaped plastic beads. He loved threading the beads onto the pipe cleaners and made tons of candy canes.
This year I saw an idea on Pinterest to make trees out of popsicle sticks. This was a fun project as he was able to first assemble the trees and glue the sticks together; later he painted them and then glued on the pom poms to the ornaments. Here is how we did this year’s ornament:
wood popsicle sticks, three per ornament
craft glue or white glue
green washable paint
small pom poms or buttons (even stickers would work)
Glitter glue (optional)
red yarn or ribbon
- On a protected work surface, such as an old rimmed cookie sheet, glue three popsicle sticks together in the form of a triangle. Make as many triangles as you want completed ornaments. Set aside to dry.
- Once the glue is dry, let your child paint their “trees” with the green paint. Paint both sides. (Note: if you prefer, the wood sticks can be colored with green magic marker instead of paint.) Once the paint is dry add embellishments such as pom poms, buttons, stickers, glitter, etc. I had a hard time getting the pom poms we used to stick with plain white glue, so a stickier craft glue or even hot glue may help. We didn’t do this, but a trunk can be added by cutting out a small rectangle from a piece of brown foam or construction paper and gluing it on the bottom of the tree.
- When the embellishments are dry, add a small ribbon or piece of yarn to use as a hanger.
This is a project that can easily be used for Hanukkah as well. Take two triangles and over lap them to form a Star of David, gluing them together. When dry, paint with white or blue paint and add embellishments as desired.
My inspiration for this project came from the Happy Hooligans blog, a great resource for moms!
You can find more crafty ideas and other kid-friendly activities on Diane’s blog, Knitting Zeal.