Christmas Craft Night, DIY Ornaments, Garland, Topper

I’m always amazed at how quickly the days in December pass!  A few weeks ago we had a little Christmas Craft Night: DIY ornaments.  I decided on some ornaments that I thought would be simple enough for my sweeties and picked up all the supplies at my craft store while they were at school.

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In the evening, we spread everything out on the living room floor, turned on some Christmas music, and made hot chocolate with marshmallows!  Here are the newest DIY ornaments on our tree and how we made them!

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This ornament took a long time, but it turned out great.  Using a styrofoam ball, they pressed thumbtacks round and round, going the same direction the entire time! When they neared the end, I cut a piece of jute string long enough for the hook and used a bit of glue, followed by a tack to secure it.  My only tip for this ornament would be to recommend your children to not overlap the tacks too much…spreading them out a bit will allow them to hold more securely and also will help the ornament finish before they become antsy!  I had planned on painting this ornament, but when it was done we all couldn’t bare the thought of changing it…LOVE!

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The baby (yes, he’s almost six…here are his birthday plans) enjoyed making scrapbook paper ornaments.  He was so careful as he cut each strip of words out of scrapbook paper.  I still can’t get myself to rip up book pages, maybe someday.

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I did it!

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And with this scrapbook paper, a little modge podge and a basic cheap ornament together Baby B and Stud wrapped and wrapped until they came up with a few of these sweet ornaments!

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And I DIYed a couple ornaments, too.  My favorite…this anthropologie styled snow globe ornament.  I picked up a white tree from the dollar tree and cut it in half so that the bottom surface would allow it to fit inside the ornament.  I put a dot or two of hot glue on the bottom of the tree and pushed it through the opening, using tweezers to hold it in place for a brief moment.  Then I poured some Epson salt over the tree (snowing).  Check it out…

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Totally simple and really CUTE!

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I’ve done a few felt projects this winter…I love the thick felt so much.  You can read more about my felt projects here and this is another that is real easy, DIY Felt Ornament.  Cut 6-8 felt circles and fold them in half.  Use fabric glue to adhere the folded circles back to back until you have a completed circle.  Before attaching the last circle, add some extra glue and a piece of jute string.

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I already shared my tutorial for DIY Snowflake ornaments (embellish in two different ways)…

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And, my tutorial for DIY fabric ornaments, right?!!

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And if you’ve visited here for any amount of time you know that I love to make garland (here) and (here).  I’m totally crushing on my mini-pine cone and jute string garland!  LOVE!

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And last, but definitely not least, the star atop!  In one of our favorite children’s Christmas books it reads,

Twinkling atop our tree, the star – Tells us wise men traveled far to find the king, and so we say, ‘This Christmastime and every day – Be our King, Dear Lord, we pray.’

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Since we’ve been reading My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy for years, I’ve been told that only a star can go atop our tree!  Sometimes finding the right star is tricky.  At first I made one similar to the one in my snowflake tutorial, but then I stumbled on this huge star ornament made of wood chips (from HomeGoods).  If anyone has another lead leave it in the comments, inquiring minds want to know).

I took a drill bit and used it to make a hole in the bottom of my tree topper.  I thought I’d need glue to keep it in place, but this is the best fitting tree topper I’ve ever had!  Love it!  And I love that there are tons of ways I can change it up a bit next year…Love that!

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After a whole lot of Christmas Craft night: DIY Ornaments, my baby was worn out and asking for bed!  We all had a great time and love seeing our touches of creativity hanging from our tree.  I’ll share how it all came together next…with a tour of our Christmas tree.  Followed by a tour of my children’s Christmas trees.  And finally, our entire home tour!  Then I’m off to start wrapping because my orders are starting to be dropped on my porch!  And then I will totally get to those photography tutorials you’ve been requesting….so sorry for the wait!

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  1. Such a fun family activity! And so pretty.

  2. Awe…so sweet, so fun! Your ornaments are gorgeous!

  3. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Beautiful! I love that last little photo. So sweet.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  4. Monsterscircus says:

    Hi Aimee! It’s really amazing how you do that, all this beautiful things, I don’t know but I Think you must have more hours per day 😉 thank you for your wonderful inspiration, just love all your ornaments!!!

  5. I love your ornaments!! I think I will try the yarn one today!! Great post! I found you at the DIY Show off link party and am so glad I did! Your pictures are amazing! I posted 8 easy kid ornaments today, I’d love it if you checked them out (although they don’t really compare to yours :)) Thanks! ~Erica

  6. Sherry says:

    Your little ones are so adorable… I love all of these beautiful creations, especially the one the baby made and the one with the thumb tacks. The last picture of your son looking at the tree looks like it can be a Christmas card, so sweet!

  7. Oh, I LOVE it Aimee… But I am thinking those smiles on those SWEET faces are truly the Winner!!!
    Have a great day.

  8. We make one homemade ornament every year, have done this since my son was 1. This year we are doing the melted snowman ornament that is on Pinterest. Love the white tree and the one your 6 year old did.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Great ornaments and good elves to help.


  10. Moni ~ Zu Haus at Home says:

    Sweet ornaments and the cutest helpers!! My favorite pic is baby B on the rocker looking at the tree… how sweet!

  11. Bronwyn says:

    What a wonderful evening for your little people. Such memories you have created for them and YOU! I love the thumb tack ornament- I’ll give that a try with little ones!

  12. sarah k says:

    Sweet post..very creative and fun, especially when done with the family. Difficult to say which is my favorite, but probably love the star.

    Thx for posting