Festive Homemade Ornaments

This year, why not make some Festive Homemade Ornaments with the kids?

It’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays, and makes for a great family tradition.

SNOWFLAKES

  • White pipe cleaners
  • Ruler
  • Large pearlized beads or white beads with large holes (about 3/16″ to 1/4″)
  • Glue Silver string
  1. Cut three 4″ strips from pipe cleaners. Cut six 2″ to 2 1/2″ strips and six 1 1/2″ strips. Fold the six shortest strips in half.
  2. Bunch the three long pipe cleaner strips, and thread them through a bead; center the bead. Bend two pipe cleaners into an X shape; leave the center one straight to form a six-pointed star. Dab glue into the bead to keep pipe cleaners in place. Let dry.
  3. About 2″ from the end of a spoke, twist one of the 2 1/2″ strips around the spoke, fanning out the ends once it’s in place. Repeat on other spokes. About 1″ from the end of each spoke, repeat process with 1 1/2″ strips. Dab glue at each joint to secure, and allow to dry.
  4. Squeeze glue into holes of the beads and press them into the spokes’ ends. Tie an 8″ strip of silver string below a bead at a spoke’s tip and knot ends.

SANTA

  • 2 plastic foam balls, one medium, one small (3″ and 1/2″ in diameter)
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Plastic bowl or plate
  • Small foam brush
  • Craft or quilt batting
  • Pink paint and artist brush
  • Blue rhinestones, black beads, and large, flat red bead
  • Straight pins, needle
  • Scissors
  • Red felt
  • Silver string
  1. To make Santa’s nose, press the small foam ball to flatten it a bit. Insert a toothpick into the center of the larger ball so about 1/2″ projects out. Apply glue around the toothpick, stick the small ball over it, and squish it onto the larger one.
  2. Cut a piece of batting 7″ to 8″ in diameter. Squeeze glue into a bowl, thin with a few drops of water, and have your child brush it on the half of the ball below the nose. Stretch batting over glue for beard and hair.
  3. Dab glue on the back of two blue rhinestones, and place above the nose for Santa’s eyes. Thread the pins on two black beads, and press into the ball below the rhinestones to make his pupils. Repeat with a red bead for a mouth. (Younger children can glue on small buttons instead.) Let your child add pink dots of paint to the cheeks and nose. Let dry.
  4. For the hat, cut a 9″-long triangle from red felt. Apply glue along one side, shape the triangle into a cone, and press until dry. Next, form a 9″ by 1″ strip of batting. Brush glue around the hat’s base, and apply batting. Glue a ball of batting to the hat’s point. Add glue around the base of the inside of the hat, fit it on the head, and let dry.
  5. To hang, slip an 8″ section of silver string through a large needle. Fold the felt hat in the center. Insert the threaded needle through the top of the hat’s fold. Take out the needle, center the piece of silver string, and tie the loose ends in a knot.

REINDEER

  • Pencil and paper
  • Ruler Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Medium and light brown or beige felt
  • Beige pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Flat red beads
  • Rhinestone fittings
  • Craft or quilt batting
  • Fabric glue
  • Silver string
  1. Have your child draw a reindeer on paper cut into a 4 1/2″ square. Make sure the legs are 1/2″ at the widest point. Cut out pattern.
  2. Fold a piece of brown felt in half, and pin on pattern. Cut out the shape, and remove pins and pattern to detach the two shapes.
  3. Cut a 2 1/2″ strip and a 1 1/2″ strip of pipe cleaner for the reindeer’s antlers. Fold the short strip in half, and twist around center of the 2 1/2″ strip. Fan open the ends of the shorter strip, and bend the longer strip into a crescent.
  4. Apply glue along perimeter of chest, head, back, and tail of one side of the reindeer. Position antlers over the glue in front of the ears, and press the other cutout on top. Let dry. Push an inch or so of batting into the head and neck to fill the body and legs. Apply glue on bottom piece of felt along perimeter of the legs, belly, and hind end of the reindeer, press top into place, and hold there until dry.
  5. Measure and cut a 1/4″ by 4″ section of light brown felt, and help your child glue on the rhinestone fittings. Wrap the strip around the reindeer’s neck, and glue the ends together.
  6. Ask your child to glue a rhinestone on each side of the head for eyes and repeat with flat red bead for nose. Thread an 8″-long piece of silver string through harness, and knot the ends.