We made some gifts for family and friends this year with a personal touch. Since they all can see this I have held off posting them, but if you need a special gift here at the last minute, these are good ones! There is nothing more special than a gift with your personal touch, or that of your childs.
The first one we made with our homeschool group. I loved the idea, so I bought materials and had the kids do more. These are better for kids age 7 and up with good fine-motor and problem solving skills as filling the ornament can be a challenge. For the younger child, just give them colored balls and let them paint the outside.
Here are your needed supplies:
~ Clear or colored ornaments
~Glitter glue or paint
~Fillers, like sparkly basket fillers or garland, sequins, really anything
~ Stickers or any other decoration desired
1. Remove top from ornament. Stuff with foil strings or garland, glitter paint, whatever you want.
2. Replace top and decorate the outside of the ornament as desired.
3. Tie a ribbon on to hang the ornament. We always write the name of the maker and the year with a permanent marker.
4. Wrap in tissue paper when dry to give as a gift or for storing.
The foam ornament is suitable for almost any age, but your help will be needed for younger kids. I would suggest that unless your participants are old enough to have very good scissor skills, you have some shapes ready that they can choose from.
Foam Ornament Supplies:
~ Foam sheets or large shapes
~ Cookie cutters with simple shapes, like pine trees, bells, stars, animals, etc.
~ Glitter glue and paint
~ Hot-glue gun (for adult use!)
~ Googly eyes, stickers, yarn, and imagination!
1. Trace cookie cutter shape on foam. You will 2 of the same shape for each ornament. Cut out your shapes.
2. Cut a length of ribbon about 4-6 inches long for hanging.
3. Using hot glue, glue the ribbon to one half of the ornament. Then, quickly trace outside edges and middle with hot glue, glue the other shape on top so the ribbon is sandwiched between the two. This makes a stiffer ornament.
4. Decorate as desired. Be sure to include children’s names and the date made on the back for a keepsake ornament, or a Bible verse or a message to the receiver.
You can package ornaments in a pretty tin or box as a gift or hang them on your own tree!