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Homemade Ornaments

Yesterday we used our new Portal by Facebook device to video chat with my mom in Kentucky! The girls were excited to see their Nana’s holiday decorations. Nana took the girls on a tour of her Christmas tree and reminded them of all of the homemade ornaments they’ve made for her (and all the other grandparents!) over the years.

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Every year since Mabel was a baby, we’ve made homemade ornaments to send to grandparents. We use simple craft supplies and try to think of a meaningful way to commemorate each year! Our homemade ornaments designs are different each year, and it is fun to try out new techniques.

Salt Dough Ornaments

homemade ornaments - salt dough

Baby handprints and footprints are absolutely precious! Homemade salt dough is super easy to make and uses ingredients that you probably already have around the house. Simply make the dough, imprint your design, and then embellish with paint and accessories.

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Up to 1 cup of water (add water slowly, as you may need less)

 

Directions

  • Whisk the flour and salt together until ingredients are evenly distributed
  • Slowly add water to the dry ingredients until a dough forms (if dough is crumbly or dry, just add a little more water)
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes
  • Roll the dough and form into a shape (you can also use cookie cutters!)
  • Using a sharp object, create a hole in the top of the ornament (this will allow you to have a place to add string to hang ornament on the tree, after it comes out of the oven)
  • Bake for 2-3 hours at 200 degrees in the oven

 

Play Inspired Ornaments

homemade ornaments - play doh & crayons

It can be fun to repurpose play items into creative craft ornaments that represent your child’s interests! One year Mabel was OBSESSED with Play-Doh and Matilda was beginning to learn how to color with crayons. We repurposed those play objects and created beautiful ornaments that commemorated their favorite type of play from the past year!

Play-Doh Ornament

Materials

 

Directions

  • Clean out Play-Doh container
  • Puncture Play-Doh lid with push pin
  • Thread a string through the top of the lid and knot the string
  • Place photo on back of Play-Doh container and brush photo with Mod Podge
  • Allow Play-Doh container to dry

 

play doh & crayons

Crayons Ornament

Materials

 

Directions

  • Arrange 6 crayons on a flat surface
  • Measure width of crayons using a craft stick and cut craft stick to appropriate length
  • Use hot glue to attach a craft stick strip at the top and bottom of row of crayons (on the back)
  • Hot glue string to back of top craft stick (this will allow you to hang ornament on the tree)
  • Place photo on front of crayons and brush photo with Mod Podge

 

Kwik Stix Ornament Trees

homemade ornaments - tree

We have fallen in love with products from The Pencil Grip Company (if you order directly from them, enjoy the promo code TIDYDAD10 for 10% off your order!). This year we used the Kwik Stix solid tempera paint sticks to decorate craft stick trees! We made trees out of craft sticks, and then the girls each selected the decorations for their trees. When opening our craft drawer, Mabel immediately pulled out the googly eyes, while Matilda opted for a more classic tree look. Their little trees perfectly capture their personalities!

DIY for kids

Tree Ornaments

Materials

Directions

  • Decorate craft sticks with Kwik Stix paint sticks. Allow to dry for 60 seconds! (YES!!! The paint actually does dry that quickly!!)
  • Cut craft sticks into various sizes and arrange in the formation of a tree.
  • Hot glue another craft stick to the back of the formation, as the trunk of the tree
  • Attach craft supplies to the tree using dots of hot glue
  • Hot glue string to back of the tree (this will allow you to hang ornament on the tree)

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Homemade Ornaments

Yesterday we used our new Portal by Facebook device to video chat with my mom in Kentucky! The girls were excited to see their Nana’s holiday decorations. Nana took the girls on a tour of her Christmas tree and reminded them of all of the homemade ornaments they’ve made for her (and all the other grandparents!) over the years.

text message

Every year since Mabel was a baby, we’ve made homemade ornaments to send to grandparents. We use simple craft supplies and try to think of a meaningful way to commemorate each year! Our homemade ornaments designs are different each year, and it is fun to try out new techniques.

Salt Dough Ornaments

homemade ornaments - salt dough

Baby handprints and footprints are absolutely precious! Homemade salt dough is super easy to make and uses ingredients that you probably already have around the house. Simply make the dough, imprint your design, and then embellish with paint and accessories.

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Up to 1 cup of water (add water slowly, as you may need less)

 

Directions

  • Whisk the flour and salt together until ingredients are evenly distributed
  • Slowly add water to the dry ingredients until a dough forms (if dough is crumbly or dry, just add a little more water)
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes
  • Roll the dough and form into a shape (you can also use cookie cutters!)
  • Using a sharp object, create a hole in the top of the ornament (this will allow you to have a place to add string to hang ornament on the tree, after it comes out of the oven)
  • Bake for 2-3 hours at 200 degrees in the oven

 

Play Inspired Ornaments

homemade ornaments - play doh & crayons

It can be fun to repurpose play items into creative craft ornaments that represent your child’s interests! One year Mabel was OBSESSED with Play-Doh and Matilda was beginning to learn how to color with crayons. We repurposed those play objects and created beautiful ornaments that commemorated their favorite type of play from the past year!

Play-Doh Ornament

Materials

 

Directions

  • Clean out Play-Doh container
  • Puncture Play-Doh lid with push pin
  • Thread a string through the top of the lid and knot the string
  • Place photo on back of Play-Doh container and brush photo with Mod Podge
  • Allow Play-Doh container to dry

 

play doh & crayons

Crayons Ornament

Materials

 

Directions

  • Arrange 6 crayons on a flat surface
  • Measure width of crayons using a craft stick and cut craft stick to appropriate length
  • Use hot glue to attach a craft stick strip at the top and bottom of row of crayons (on the back)
  • Hot glue string to back of top craft stick (this will allow you to hang ornament on the tree)
  • Place photo on front of crayons and brush photo with Mod Podge

 

Kwik Stix Ornament Trees

homemade ornaments - tree

We have fallen in love with products from The Pencil Grip Company (if you order directly from them, enjoy the promo code TIDYDAD10 for 10% off your order!). This year we used the Kwik Stix solid tempera paint sticks to decorate craft stick trees! We made trees out of craft sticks, and then the girls each selected the decorations for their trees. When opening our craft drawer, Mabel immediately pulled out the googly eyes, while Matilda opted for a more classic tree look. Their little trees perfectly capture their personalities!

DIY for kids

Tree Ornaments

Materials

Directions

  • Decorate craft sticks with Kwik Stix paint sticks. Allow to dry for 60 seconds! (YES!!! The paint actually does dry that quickly!!)
  • Cut craft sticks into various sizes and arrange in the formation of a tree.
  • Hot glue another craft stick to the back of the formation, as the trunk of the tree
  • Attach craft supplies to the tree using dots of hot glue
  • Hot glue string to back of the tree (this will allow you to hang ornament on the tree)

_____________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. We may make a small commission for purchases made through these links with no additional fee to the customer. We only link to products we use and love! Thank you for supporting our blog! 

 

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December 13, 2019

Homemade Ornaments

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Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our two young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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