Easy Keepsake Christmas Ornaments

I’m pretty sure I would feel like I’m depriving my son of a normal childhood if I never gave him the opportunity to make a Christmas ornament for the tree. He’s fascinated with the ornaments (though we don’t even have a real tree with lights–just a decorated potted plant!). He loves taking them off the tree and walking around the house with them. By the end of the day I’ve usually got a little pile of ornaments I’ve collected that need to be re-hung.

When I was choosing ornaments for the art play date to make, I wanted to choose things that were very easily done by a large group of kids at different ages and skill levels, and also I wanted them to be beautiful enough that mommies would want to save them for at least 30 years. Here’s what we did:

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This is your typical hand print ornament, however instead of using salt dough or baking soda dough which can weigh down branches and are breakable when dry, we used Crayola’s Model Magic. Model Magic is a bit expensive, but you don’t need much for an ornament. It’s lightweight and won’t break easily. It stays kind of spongy even after it has dried, it’s paint-able, etc, etc. I thought it was the perfect medium for our little hands. I painted ours with gold acrylic paint and gold glitter once it had dried out well enough (the package says 3 days, but I’m pretty sure mine took a week before I was satisfied that it was dry enough to paint).

Here’s little Penny posing with our second project, a simple popsicle stick star. (You can see two more on her tree, just above the crook of her elbow.)

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I hot-glued the sticks together before the kids got there, and they got to decorate them with markers, yarn, glittery pipe cleaners, and whatever else they could scrounge. This one was a hit with the kids.

The last project was my favorite, I loved how they looked and smelled: cinnamon ornaments!

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These were really easy to make, but they are fragile, so hang them high on the tree! Once again, I went with gold acrylic paint and gold glitter paint for the decoration. They turned out just lovely, and they smell great. I used this recipe.

Merry Christmas!