When I took 2 of my boys to Longwood Gardens last week to see the Christmas displays during the day, we were so excited to find a display of trees with ornaments made by children at local elementary schools in one of the green houses. These are such amazing ornaments! I took lots of pictures to use for inspiration for next year, or even this winter when Valentine’s Day rolls around. My kids love to make heart decorations for our home and to give to their friends.
This decoration has me stumped. Honestly, I should have looked at it again when I was there. It appears to be a combination of clay and a thin metal sheet. This one was part of a tree filled with ornaments labeled in Spanish.
Made out of clay, all the ornaments on this tree were equally whimsical. These are perfect for 8 years and up, though I think a younger child could make one with some assistance from an adult. Another way to do this for a younger child would be to create a flat disk with the clay and have the child paint and decorate it to their heart’s content. Or they could collect items from their yard like acorns, sticks, and seeds to glue on and paint.
These popsicle ornaments are super easy to make, and I love that the kids didn’t use traditional colors. A quick trip to an office supply store would yield more possible decorations for these ornaments.
Don’t want to leave the house for supplies? Make these salt dough ornaments either freehand like the turtle or with cookie cutters like the star. An older child could work on the Moravian star with precut paper or scrap paper.
More creative ways to use popsicle sticks! This Santa ornament is my absolute favorite. Next to him is a small pinecone with pompoms glued on it, again super easy to make. The striped popsicle stick with the glittery star is another easy one for the younger kids.
Of course, once the ornaments are made, they need to be hung. So why not use a clothespin? You can pick up the bigger clothespins at the grocery store, or keep an eye out at the craft store for the smaller ones. The clothespins themselves can become an ornament, too by painting them, sticking stars on them, or using glitter glue.
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