Are you looking for the perfect gift from your children to their grandparents? There's still plenty of time to create handcrafted Christmas ornaments made with love.
You will find lots of ideas for DIY ornaments the kids can make on Pinterest. Type 'Christmas ornaments' into the search box and you'll find ornaments of every type.
From salt dough ornaments to felt ornaments and ornaments made with recycled items, there's something for every age and ability level.
Beads, popsicle sticks, construction paper, markers, felt, glue, glitter and other ingredients you probably have in your craft box offer an inexpensive way for kids to make their own gifts.
Christmas Shape Ornaments
Use cookie cutters to trace Christmas designs on construction paper or felt. Let your kids cut out the shapes, then decorate with markers and glitter. Add a hole at the top with a hole punch and thread ribbon or yarn through to hang from the tree.
Cookie cutters can also be used to make salt dough ornaments, a favorite for kids of all ages. You can also trace around your child's hand to make handprints ornaments from the dough.
Salt Dough Ornaments
Mix one cup of salt and one cup of flour. Gradually add water and mix with your hands until the dough is not too sticky and there is no residue left on your fingers when you touch the dough. This will take 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes to make it soft. Your kids will enjoy this step. Roll the dough out and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Using a straw, make a hole at the top of the ornament.
If you prefer, cut large oval shapes from the dough. Make a hole at the top of the ornament with a straw. Let your child press down with his hand in the center of each oval to create a handprint impression. You can also trace around your child's hand and cut out with a knife.
Place shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 100 degrees for up to 3 hours. Turn over once or twice during cooking.
Let cool and remove from cookie sheet. Your child can paint using acrylic paints, then add glitter or sequins if desired. After ornaments are dry, let your child write his name on the back with a permanent marker, spray with a fixative and add ribbon or yarn for a hanger.
If you aren't crafty or your kids are young, ornament kits are another option. Visit your local craft store and you'll find a selection of ornament kits. The kits come with everything needed to make cute ornaments to give as gifts or hang on your own Christmas tree.
Making handcrafted ornaments is a family tradition your kids will love. Let each child make enough ornaments to give as gifts to grandparents, sitters, relatives and friends. Be sure to keep one for your tree.