The holidays are a great time to craft, especially with kids. This DIY ornament activity is inexpensive (less than $5!), easy for crafters of all ages, and produces a fun decoration for your -- or a recipient's -- Christmas tree. Even better, it's screen-free family fun.
Naughty and Nice Supplies
-*- Clear plastic ornaments that snap together -*- Charcoal -*- Peppermint candles -*- Stick-on letters -*- Ribbon
-*- Fill one ornament with 2 pieces of charcoal and another with peppermint candies. Snap ornaments closed. -*- Apply letters to spell "Naughty" and "Nice." -*- Add ribbon
Cost: Less than $2 per ornament
Santa and Rudolph Supplies
-*- Flat glass ornament -*- Map -*- Mod Podge -*- Disposable sponge paintbrush -*- X-acto knife or scissors -*- Foam adhesive circles -*- Ribbon -*- Santa and Rudolph artwork -*- Heavy paper or scrap booking stickers
-*- Cut map into small pieces and adhere to ornament with Mod Podge. -*- Once ornament is covered with map pieces, Mod Podge the outside of map. (It may be easier to use your fingers, rather than the brush.) Let dry. -*- Look online for Santa/Rudolph clip art and print out on heavy card stock, or find a sticker and place on poster board. -*- Cut out the artwork/sticker, leaving a white border. -*- Add foam adhesive to 2 or 3 places on the back of artwork/sticker and attach to ornament. -*- Add ribbon.
Cost: Less than $3.50 per ornament
Holly Ornament Supplies
-*- Clear glass ornament -*- Embellishments -*- Stick-on letters -*- Mod Podge -*- Water -*- 2 paper cups -*- Plastic spoon -*- Epsom salt -*- 2 funnels -*- Ribbon
-*- Put Mod Podge in a paper cup and add a few drops of water. Stir well and pour in ornament using a funnel. -*- Stir mixture inside the ornament until the inside is completely covered. Pour excess back into paper cup. -*- Pour Epsom salt into ornament using the second funnel. Remove funnel and shake ornament to distribute salt around the inside; this will create a snow-life effect. Pour excess salt back into second paper cup. -*- Decorate with embellishments of your choice and stick on letters if desired. -*- Add ribbon. This can also double as a gift tag.
Cost: Less than $5 per ornament