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With a little crafting glue, glitter, ornament balls, and paper, you can make Christmas ornaments for the tree while building lasting holiday memories with your kids. These ornaments are fun and easy for everyone to create!
Though these snowflake ornaments aren't edible, they're a sweet addition to any Christmas tree. Kids can roll out the ornament dough like cookie dough, then give them colorful designs with marking pens.
To prepare the dough:
Kids can transform retired Christmas cookie cutters into sparkling ornaments for the Christmas tree. Paint the cookie cutters and sprinkle them with glitter while the paint is still wet. Make the ornaments a winter white or mix it up and let the kids pick their favorite colors.
Give old ornaments a facelift with this easy technique.
Create ornaments that resemble classic ribbon candy. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and knot at one end. Thread on one clear acrylic bead, then poke the needle through the end of a 1-inch-wide paper strip. Thread on two more beads and loop the paper (as shown). Poke the needle back through the paper. Repeat until the entire paper strip has been looped. Finish by running the floss twice through the top bead, and make a loop for hanging.
Swirl crafts paint diluted with water inside a clear glass ornament, dry it upside down, and add adhesive scrapbooking letters to share words of peace, joy, and good cheer this holiday season. Kids will love helping you make these Christmas ornaments -- let them choose the color of the paint and adhere the letter stickers.
Give your kids a few scrapbook supplies and watch these easy snowflake ornaments flurry into existence. Using a snowflake paper punch, punch shapes from different-color papers. Place a 3-D sticker in the middle of each snowflake, then adhere the snowflakes to an ornament with crafts glue. Let dry.
These pretty ornaments make great gifts for kids to give their teachers. Remove the metal ornament cap from a clear glass ornament. Adhere the end of a silk greenery sprig inside the cap with crafts glue; let dry. Carefully insert the greenery into the ornament and secure the cap back into place. Adhere ribbon around the outer rim of the cap as shown; let dry.
Thread another length of ribbon through the metal cap's wire hanger and tie ends together in a knot. Wrap a short length of ribbon around the wire hanger to hide the metal. Secure the overlapping ribbon ends with crafts glue; let dry
Use a piece of red-and-white hard candy for the trunk of this sweet green-and-white tree.