Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Ornaments for Kids!

'Tis the season to be wrapping gifts, drinking eggnog and putting up the Christmas tree. As you set the tree up let your little ones help out this year with the decorating. Here are three darling ornaments that I found on the Martha Stewart website. Your kids will love making these as much as you will love hanging them up for display. Happy Holidays! 


Picture
Button Wreath Ornament 
Tools and Materials 
-Needle nose pliers or wire cutters
-16 gauge copper wire, cut to 9" lengths
-72 buttons for each wreath
-Scissors
-Satin ribbon, 1/8" wide and 6" long
-Seam binding for decorative bow

Directions
1) Using pliers, make a small loop at on end of the wire.
2) Thread buttons onto the wire until you have enough to form the size of the wreath you want. Our wreaths are 2 1/2" in diameter. 
3) Using pliers, bend the plain end of the wire around the looped end. This will form the wreath.
4) Use the satin ribbon to make a loop for hanging the wreath; tie the ribbon in a knot about 3" above the wreath. 
5) Tie a bow of seam binding to decorate the wreath. 

Candy Cane Ornament 
Picture 
Tools and Materials
-5 1/2" long red and white pipe cleaners
-Scissors
-Green pipe cleaner
-Hot glue gun
-Glass beads (optional)
-Ribbon (optional)
-Small ornament (optional) 

Directions
1) Twist together 5 1/2" red and white pipe cleaners. 
2) Make sure the stripes of the combined red-and-white stem are neatly spaced
3) Curl the top into a hook. Bend a 3" length green pipe cleaner at 1/2" intervals to shape a holly leaf. Hot-glue the leaf in place, then hot-glue on a cluster of glass beads for berries, or tie on a ribbon threaded with a small ornament. 

Peppermint Ornament
Picture 
Tools and Materials 
-5 peppermint candies 
-White frosting 
-5 red cinnamon candies or mints
-6" long twine 

Directions
1) Lay five or so peppermint candies in a circle to form a wreath.
2) Bond candy sides together with icing. 
3) Adorn front with cinnamon candies or mints. 
4) Let dry for two hours before hanging. Loop twine around ornament; knot. 



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