Hello lovely friends! Today I’m psyched to be sharing yet another fun Christmas idea, this time as part of the 20 Days of a Kid Made Christmas Ornaments bonanza over at Mama Miss. Our contribution- DIY Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments! These tiny trees were a great fine motor and concentration exercise and also got my kiddos talking about shapes and sizes in a playful way. And once you gather the materials, the rest is super easy and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
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To make these little trees, you will need:
- Tree branch slices in various sizes (I found small birch rounds at Michael’s) but you can also make some yourself
- wooden beads of various sizes (we used naked ones that I dyed myself with liquid watercolors- you can also buy them already colored)
- Pipe cleaners (our sparkly ones were provided by Craft Project Ideas.com)
- Drill to make holes in your tree branch slices
*Also pictured is some thin bead cord- older kids or adults can use this instead of pipe cleaners for a more natural look- younger kids will have more success with the pipe cleaners.
First, grab a pipe cleaner and a small bead. Put the bead on the end of the pipe cleaner and fold it over and twist. This will become the “stopper” at the end so all the rest of your pieces don’t fall off.
Now, for demonstration purposes I’ll show you how to make a simple tree- thread on a stack of tree slices that are graduated in size from top to bottom. Then add a colorful bead at the top for a “star.”
To make the hanger, take the long end of the pipe cleaner that it sticking out of the top of your ornament, loop it around your fingers, and twist it right above your bead. You’ll have a tail shooting off to the side- snip it off with scissors.
Donezo!! I love, love, love the natural texture of the birch up against the pop of color from the bead.
If you prefer a less sparkly version (you hipster, you) feel free to use bead cord or embroidery thread in place of the pipe cleaner. You’ll just have to tie it a bit differently- thread it down through the tree slices, through the bead, and then back up through the slices again so both ends are coming out of the top bead. Tie them off and you have a loop for hanging.
Or, you can do like us and let the kiddos do the threading. My daughter (almost three) did these two today:
WAY better than mine. WAY.
Looking for more colorful and kid-friendly ideas to deck your halls? Try these on for size:
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This post is part of the 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series. Every day until Christmas, several of your favorite kid bloggers will be sharing an idea for a kid-made ornament as part of this series…our tree is going to fall over by the time Christmas arrives! I’m sharing today with Crystal from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures – I can’t wait to see what her kids have made!
You can also hop on over to the special Kid-Made Christmas Pinterest board to see all the different ornament ideas that have already been shared as well as other great finds by the participating bloggers.
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