Welcome to the Blogger Christmas Series! For the next four weeks, I am teaming up with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you a variety of posts about Christmas stuff. Lights, decor, recipes, ideas...anything and everything related to Christmas! You can find the links to the other bloggers posts at the end of this post. Check them out when you get a chance!
Let the Christmas posts begin! I have a no Christmas anything before Thanksgiving rule. I've been ignoring the peppermint mochas at Starbucks for three weeks now. That's how hardcore I am. Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I shall bend it ever so slightly and go ahead and post this Christmas ornament craft. You'll need a week or so of drinking frozen orange juice to be able to make it anyway!
I first made these ornaments with my Nana when I was a girl. She used to get me, my siblings, and our friends together every now and then for a craft day. We'd have a ton of silly fun while planning who we were going to give our crafts to for Christmas. I remember making these ornaments many times. She would cut the circles out of Christmas cards and let us paw through them to pick the ones we wanted.
We always had a few of these hanging on our Christmas tree growing up. It is such a simple craft for kids and a great gift they can make themselves for parents or grandparents! So let's get to it!
Here's what you'll need:
- Metal lids from frozen orange juice cans
- White glue
- Thin ribbon(I just used what I had but really thin ribbon works best)
- Glitter or glitter glue
- Christmas cards, photos, or paper.
- Pen, pencil, and/or Sharpie
First off, cut a short length of ribbon. It can be any size you want. Set the flat side of the lid facing down and glue the ribbon down in a loop on the side with the raised edge. My ribbon was a little too bulky because I was using what I had. A really thin, tiny ribbon works best for this.
You're going to have to pick what you want to cut out and cut it in a circle to fit on the metal lids. I happened to have a round gift tag that was the perfect size so I used that for my template. You could also trace around a cup that was the right size or just lay a piece of paper down inside the lid and trace the circle to create your own template.
Whatever your guide is, lay it down on the area you want to cut out and trace around it. Cut it out, put glue on the back, and press it down onto the lid.
Next take glitter glue or regular glue and squeeze a thin ribbon of glue around the edge of the circle. If you use regular glue, take some glitter and pour it onto it. Dump the excess off and set the ornament aside to let it dry. If the card or photo you used was not perfectly flat, you may have to set something small like a votive candle down on it to hold it down flat while it dries.
After it's dry, you can use a Sharpie to write whatever you want on the back!
And there you have it! A simple little ornament craft that's great for kids. What do you think? Is this something you would try with your kids? I think it would be great for a classroom too!
I'll see you all after Thanksgiving! I know I'll be happily stuffing pumpkin roll in my face. Along with counting my blessings, of course. Have a happy holiday everyone!
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