Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Finding The Perfect Christmas Ornament Crafts

I'm a sentimental gal. When Christmas rolls around I love to pull out the Christmas ornament crafts and reminisce about each one. My boys are still in elementary school, but our tree is full of little crafts we did when they were younger. (... I can't imagine what it will look like years from now?!) I might have to get another tree!

There's something special about Christmas tree ornaments. Maybe it's the fact that they get displayed on our tree for everyone to see. Whatever it is, I love it. I started making ornaments right after the boys were born. Each year the boys and I, together, make a new ornament. Some years the boys get a little wild and 'creative', but for the most part only one ornament gets to make it on the tree.

I have a lot of friends that say they love making crafts but just don't have the time. Non-sense! It's very easy to take a few minutes to sit down and make something simple. Ornaments don't have to be perfect or expensive - just from the heart. Let me show you.

Here are a few Christmas ornament crafts ideas we have done in the recent years.

Candy Cane Frame
Candy canes are always readily available and can be purchased in bulk very inexpensively around Christmas. Get some colorful light gauge cardboard paper, cut in a fun shape and glue the candy canes around the border. Paste your favorite Christmas photo in the middle and you have a great ornament for the tree!

Glittery Pine Cone
Speaking of inexpensive - try picking up some pinecones under the pine tree in your backyard and using them for a craft! Add a touch of glue to the pine cone and sprinkle it with glitter. Glue a ribbon loop to the top and hang these sparkling decorations all over.

Christmas Print Cards
I love these. Pint the kids hands and/or fingers and have them create colorful artwork on card stock. Add your favorite Christmas phrase and these crafts become perfect Christmas cards to send to friends and family.

Place Mats
If you're really ambitious, consider making the print cards slightly larger and running the final version the local printer to get laminated. In our house these personalized place mats have become treasured gems the kids get to smile about each time they sit around the dining room table. All of these ideas are super simple. Just go to the store and let your kids help you shop for little things. (i.e. pieces of felt, styrofoam, glitter glue, etc.) Spread everything out on the table with a few instructions and watch them create masterpieces.

Then watch their faces light up as their ornaments get placed front and center on your Christmas tree! That's what I love about the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy it too with Christmas ornament crafts.

Living Life w/ An Open Heart, Cheryl Hunter is a divorced/single mom blogger enjoying life with her kiddo! If you're interested in enjoying Christmas ornament crafts with your children this season, consider checking out some of Cheryl's ideas! You can learn more about fun Christmas crafts and inexpensive holiday ideas RIGHT HERE! Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Cheryl_Hunter Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7338985

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