This is the first year that Knox is interested and able to work on some simple crafts with me for the holidays and I COULD NOT be more excited about it. Since he’s started preschool, he’s way into glue and coloring and creating things in general. Every day he comes home with some new paper plate creation and is just bursting with pride when he shows it to me. It’s just about more than my craft loving heart can handle I tell ya!
This craft is not revolutionary in any way…it’s really just about the right materials (in this case plastic ornaments and washable craft paint). I was at my local Michael’s looking for something completely unrelated when I came across a whole bin of these plastic ornaments for 1/2 price (about $0.49 – $1.29 each) and I thought it would be a fun little craft to try with Knox. I had been throwing around the idea of doing a little tree in Knox’s room but I didn’t want to put anything too precious/breakable on it. A quick trip down to the craft paint aisle and I had everything I needed!
Are facial injuries required this time of year? Makes for a great holiday card photo! There are really only 4 steps to this project. Pick an ornament, pull the top off, squirt a teaspoon or 2 of paint into the ornament (I suggest you DON’T let your little helper handle this part!) and then let them roll and shake to their hearts content. He really loved watching the paint spread and transform the ornament! A word of advice on the paint – a little goes a long way. If you overfill, you run the risk of ending up with paint everywhere when your little helper gets some enthusiastic shaking going!
When you’ve rolled, tapped and shaken paint over the entire inside surface, set it aside to dry. We set ours on paper plates for 2 days to make sure they were absolutely dry and drained of all excess paint. I suggest doing this out of sight of your little helpers to avoid the temptation to pick up the ornaments while they’re drying!
When your satisfied that the ornament is dry, pop the hanger back in and you’re done! Now repeat as many times as you want. We made 45 ornaments over the course of two 1 hour sessions (spread over 2 days).
I love how shiny they look, thanks to the glossy plastic!
I surprised him and put them all up while he was at school one morning this week. The tree is just a little 4′ tall slim white tree from Treetopia. It’s only 24″ in diameter so it’s perfect for tucking into a little corner. The star topper is from Target and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might recognize the glitter circle garland I made a few years ago. It turned out to be perfect for this little tree and I love that it’s paper and again, unbreakable.
The base of the tree is just a cheapy white plastic tripod so I wrapped 2 IKEA Rens sheepskin rugs I had around it.
Knox is kind of obsessed with his tree and I fear we’ll need to keep it up until next July. But it’s so super cute, I don’t know if I’d mind. And I love that everything on the tree is toddler-approved so I don’t have to stress about it breaking or him hurting himself when he (inevitably) touches it.
Having young kids in the house around the holidays is just THE BEST. Their enthusiasm for the holiday is so contagious, I just feel like it ups the fun factor 100x.
What fun crafts do you have planned this holiday season? I definitely want to do some baking with Knox in the next couple of weeks but I’d love to try a few more (simple) crafts.