Whether you have the desire to get extra crafty during the holidays, or you are looking to keep your little ones busy during their time away from school, here are some ideas for the three coolest Christmas ornaments that you can make at home. There are several different reasons to make your own Christmas ornaments. First, they will become instant family treasures that can be used year after year, and serve as a memory of time spent with loved ones. Second, you can save quite a bit of money when you make your own ornaments, and have fun making them as well! These are just three ideas. Feel free to experiment with more fun ornament ideas.
You can invite even the youngest members of your family to participate in making these super fun and easily crafted paper stars. To make the stars, begin by tearing up three sheets of construction paper in a color you like, into small strips. Place these strips into a blender with a cup and a half of hot water. In the meantime, set out a plate with folded towel on top, then put a paper towel over that. Find some star shaped cookie cutters and place them aside. Heat your oven to 200 degrees, and then put your blender on pulse mode until your paper and water mix becomes pulpy. Drain the water out of the pulp over the sink with a sieve. Carefully add the pulpy mixture to the cookie cutters, adding glitter while you do so. Keep pressing water out as you add the stars to the cookie cutters. Carefully place the star shape on to a baking sheet. Continue the process with two more stars. Let the stars bake until the moisture is completely gone and let cool. Glue on a piece of yarn or a ribbon to the back for hanging.
This is an extremely fun and easy project that, again, is suitable for young ones. To start, gather together small pipe cleaner cords, also known as "chenille" stems," in your favorite color. Cut them in half, and then twist two of them together to form the "trunk" of the miniature Christmas tree. Take the remaining chenille stems and cut them into three inch lengths to serve as the "branches." These you will then shape into twisted, whimsical branches and you will twist the ends around the "trunk" so they stay in place. For the bottom rows of branches, you can use longer stems. Hang this up with thin cording wrapped around the top.
For an extremely easy and fun project, all you need are some clear glass ornamental bulbs and festive shredded paper. To make this fun ornament, simply take off the top of the clear glass ornament and fill it with strips of paper. You can reuse the festive paper strips that often accompany gift wrapping or packaging and place them inside the glass ornament. You can also put your office shredder to good use and shred up festive colored paper to use as ornament filling.