Christmas Ornaments

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I think that everyone who is getting one of these ornaments and reads my blog has already gotten theirs, so if you got a package in the mail from us and you haven’t opened your presents yet, this is your official SPOILER ALERT!! This is a very easy, but also very pretty and fun craft for a toddler to make that may actually look good on a family member’s tree. All you need is some clear glass ball ornaments (ours were 50% off at Michael’s when I went in on the spur of the moment to get them!), some paint (we just used our good old tempera paint), and some ribbon to hang them with.  We made twelve which was maybe about four too many as Clara was at the end of her patience when we finished.  Six would have been the perfect amount for her attention span.
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This is how easy this really is:
1) Take the top off the ball.
2) Squirt some paint into the hole.
3) Swirl it by shaking or by putting a paintbrush into the hole (hint: shaking can get a little messy).
4) Let dry.
5) Put the top back on.
6) Thread some ribbon through the circle on top.
7) Hang up and admire!

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3 Responses to “Christmas Ornaments”


  1. 1 Kristen December 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I opened my Christmas ornament and LOVED it, but then I put it back in the box and I will let Drew open it and put it on the tree on Christmas, he really likes to be able to touch the tree. Thank you Clara!

  2. 2 Josh December 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I was looking for some activity ideas yesterday and checked in on your blog. We just made these, and Miles really liked it. Lasted for five ornaments, which is pretty good for him. (Although ours definitely look much more putrid than yours did last year. Miles went wild mixing the colors.) Thanks!

    • 3 mysillylittlelife December 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

      I’m so glad that you guys had fun! Five is a lot! I have to say that I tend to whisk things away from Clara just before it gets to the point of too much mixing, painting, or scribbling. Most of the time as long as she gets to do another, she’s fine with that.


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