Thursday, 15 November 2012

How to make 3 easy handmade christmas tree decorations

Making handmade Christmas tree decorations with the kids is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Homemade decorations are a fun way to create memories through shared experience and get creative at the same time.

Before I had kids I was a bit of Christmas decoration snob - I like things to be coordinated and tasteful (although I've always been rather fond of sparkle and a bit of bling- but instigated in a coordinated fashion!) Post kids we've gone for the riotous look. Fantastically making you own decorations doesn't have to be hard. Check out 3 of our ideas below, which can be easily be tailored to your taste/ colour scheme.


Everyone needs a bit of sparkle. How about this simple pipe cleaner heart. The Fairy twisted the ends of the pipe cleaners together (under my watchful eye). Then I helped to bend them round to form a heart shape. Ta da, in less than a minute you have a heart.



If you regularly read our blog you'll know were fans of dough/ clay in all its forms. Salt dough and clay make great modelling materials for kids. The Fairy made this heart. I helped her make the hole (using a straw). When it was dry she painted it. We used pearlised paint which gives a lovely shiny finish.


The last one needed a bit more adult help as we used big scissors. The Fairy selected buttons. I helped her to arrange them in a heart pattern on some felt (we used sticky buttons so they were easy to attach). I then cut the heart out and attached the ribbon.



Obviously we hadn't used enough sparkle as when I was out of the room putting the Frog to bed, The Fairy added a few more pipe cleaners. 'Its finished now mummy! she announced as I walked back into the room.


Language Links:
Vocabulary: heart, paint, twist, shiny, sparkle
Other skills: matching (buttons)

On the run up to Christmas I'm joining in with a group of fabulous kids bloggers to get into the Christmas spirit. Why don't you check out some of their ideas or link your ideas to the blog hop below.

Jennifer's Little World - http://www.jenniferslittleworld.com
Mummy..Mummy..MUM!! - http://www.mummymummymum.com
Life At The Zoo - http://www.lifeatthezoo.com



9 comments:

  1. These are so pretty. I love your heart theme.

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  2. They are really great ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love these simple to make decorations!
    Hopping by from Get Crafty's linky :)

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  4. Ooh these are all such cute ideas! Love anything with buttons :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  5. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots! I am featuring this post, too, on In Lieu of Preschool this week: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/2012/11/christmas-crafts-on-tuesday-tots.html Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Off to pin now. Thanks again! :)

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  6. Simplicity is the BEST!!! Thanks for adding your ideas to our blog hop over at PreK+K Sharing.

    Debbie Clement

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  7. (PS I will feature this on the BritMums Blog on the 17th Dec :-)

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