The only reason I can be happy about winter being here, is Christmas, of course, the decorations, songs, present, the family times we spend inside together are making me ignore the cold weather from time to time. And so we don’t get bored inside, I had to find ways of keeping my toddler entertained so I gathered these 9 easy Christmas ornaments to make with your toddler, and I thought I would share this with you, everyone needs inspiration in this weather.
So check these out, follow all the steps and you’ll all have fun with these easy Christmas ornaments crafts, including your toddler, preschooler or grandma. Go on and make memories you’ll keep forever and look at them every Christmas from now on, you’ll thank me later.
You can use polystyrene balls or styrofoam balls and colored or sparkly buttons, as many as you want. First he needs to paint the ball, let it dry, then let your kid glue the buttons on the balls, covering every empty space. Add a ribbon on top and you’re all done.
Twine Ball Ornament
You’ll need some balloons, as many ornaments as you like, because you can’t reuse them, twine and white glue or mod podge. Blow the balloons the size you want your ornament to be, dip the twine into the glue (2 parts glue, one part water) in a bowl, remove excess glue by squeezing the tine a bit, and start wrapping it tightly around your balloon. Tuck the ends under the twine, pat it with a napkin if you think it’s too wet. Let it dry over night, pop the balloon, add some little bells inside, a ribbon on top and you’re all set.
Polystyrene balls are great for this craft too. Draw a line with a pencil and tell your toddler to paint the ball except that part, or cover that with some tape, so he can paint all of it and you’ll remove the tape after it gets dry, that will remain white for the penguin’s chest. Stab the ball with a tooth pick so he can held it without painting his fingers, theoretically. Glue googly eyes, orange nose and feet and he’ll be so happy for doing it by himself.
Reindeer Finger Ornament
These will be best done with plain ornaments in bright colors so you can see the brown reindeer. All your kid has to do is paint his fingertips brown (the thumb would be best as it’s bigger) and put a few on the plain ornaments. Glue the nose, when it dries, out of small red pompoms, and if there is room you can glue small googly eyes, or simply get some white and black paint and make them yourself, paint the antlers as well, and you’re all done.
Snowman Fingerprint Ornaments
Get your plain ornaments, any color you want, except white, smudge regular craft paint on your kid’s palm, over all the fingers and cover every surface, set the ornament in the middle of their flat palm, fingers spread wide, then slowly close their hand around the ornament without moving their fingers, and then gently open them back up after the prints are set. Let the paint dry, then hurry and wash your kid’s hand. Glue scarfs and hats to the little snowmen and draw hands, eyes, mouths and noses. You can even add the name and the year so you will have precious memories to share every Christmas. You can’t get ornaments cuter than this.
Melted Crayons Ornament
For this you need clear glass ornaments and crayons. Easy enough, right? Well it gets easier. Let your kid sharpen the crayons, every color, as many as he wants, just make sure he does not peal the paper skin too. Open the clear ornament and tell him to put the scraps he pealed inside, with his hand or help him by making a funnel out of the paper he sharpened the crayons on that can fit into the hole of the ornament. Using a hairdrier he can melt the scraps so they stick all over the inside of the ornament. What did I tell you, SOOO easy to make!
Every year we go on a holiday at the beach, and every year we return with at least a small bag of cute seashell. Well I finally found something to use them on and that would make me feel warm and cozy just by looking at them even if it’s winter and too cold to even dream about the sandy beaches. So give him the seashell you collected to put in a clear ornament and you are all set. It will also make some noise when shaken.
As easy as it sounds, the hardest part is not to eat them. When I was little we put in the tree little chocolate candy in big colored wrappers, they still sell these to put in your tree. Well by the time Christmas day came, there were only the wrappers left. He can sort the M&M’s by color, and add them in clear glass ornaments. Add black belts to red M&M’s ornaments, he can make it look like Santa’s belly, add a red nose to brown candy, and some googly eyes, and even a ribbon, like antlers, on top, like Rudolf the reindeer, and glue some colored buttons, or a thin sparkly ribbon to make the green M&M’s look like a Christmas tree.
You make sure they don’t go near hot places, like near tree lights, they can get a bit warm and melt your chocolate to the bottom of the ornament, and that’s not fun when you come down to “check” the tree in the middle of the night.
You can take a clear ornament or an already white one. The clear one can be filled with faux snow or expanded polystyrene, like in a bean bag, or white paint. If you have any matchless socks laying around, you can cut half of one off, put the part with holes on both ends thru the ornament ribbon, while leaving it out so you can hang it in the tree, you can tie the top hole and make it look like a hat. He can glue the sock onto the ornament so it doesn’t slip, draw eyes, nose and mouth and you got the cutest snowman ornament ever.
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I got really inspired by these easy Christmas ornaments crafts to make with my toddler and I can wait to try a few of these ourselves. You can always come back to give us your input on how these crafts worked for you or just to check up on us and our cool articles. See you around!