Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments

Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments

 I recently posted some kid-made necklaces created from glue and paint over on The Craft Train.
They have been a big hit here with my 5-year-old.

(Spoiler: If you’re her mate, you’re getting one for Christmas. She has a necklace-making factory in operation.)
As we’ve been making batch after batch, we thought they’d be fun Christmas ornaments for kids to make.)

Presenting kid-made Christmas ornaments from glue and paper straws!

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You will need:

Non-toxic craft glue/ PVA glue
Paper straws, cut into smaller lengths
Plastic paint palette
Sequins and sparkly things
Yarn
Beads

These Christmas ornaments are awesome for learning about patience and trial and error. The ornaments take about a week to dry- so unfortunately this isn’t any good as a last-minute project.

How to:

Squeeze about .5cm of craft glue into a circular mould. Each circle of our paint palette measures about 7cm in diameter.
You could also experiment with a muffin tin that you are happy to sacrifice for crafty purposes. I’ve never tried this project with a muffin tin, but I suspect it could work.

Let the decorating begin!

Add your paper straws. We created abstract designs. We arranged stars in ascending length to create Christmas trees. You might like to sprinkle sequins and stars into the glue- be sure that they are embedded in well. With some of the ornaments, we squeezed some gold paint on top of our designs. (IKEA Mala paint is our top choice here.)


You may just like to use paint to decorate your ornaments, like I did over on The Craft Train.

I am a glitter grinch. My 5-year-old of course thinks it is the best substance known to Humankind. I relented and bought some glitter glue. (Surely if the glitter is in the glue, it can’t spread everywhere?!)

We experimented with using the white craft glue as a base and decorating over the top with the red glitter glue. This wasn’t so succesful. We also experimented with using the red glitter glue solely as a base. It did work, but the discs were more flimsy than the white craft glue.

Trial and error and patience

This is where the trial and error part of the project comes into play.
We generally subscribe to the philosophy of “more is more” here for craft projects.

Miss 5 learnt that this philosophy didn’t really lead to success for this project.
Too many decorations mean that the glue can’t dry underneath. So decorate sparingly.

Set your palettes aside to dry on a flat surface. This is the hard part. Now you must wait.

How will you know when the Christmas ornaments are dry enough?
Lightly touch the centre of the circle and then the edge. Obviously no glue will come away if it’s dry. Another sign is that your ornaments should pull ever-so-slightly away from the edge of the circular mould.

This next step is one for adults to do

Run a sharp knife around the edge of your pendant to loosen it.
Gently peel the pendant away from the mould. Depending on how many decorations you’ve embedded into the glue, you may need to use a knife to loosen the centre of the ornament from the mould.

Ready to hang!

Use a skewer to poke a hole through the ornament. String some yarn through the hole . You might like to add beads. Tie a knot and your kid-made Christmas ornament is ready to hang on the tree!

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These kid-made Christmas ornaments are simply made from glue and paper straws. A super simple decoration that kids can make for the Christmas tree! #Christmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #Christmastree #kidmadeChristmasornaments #craftsforkids

 

What People Are Saying About The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook

What People Are Saying About The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook

This time last year, The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas was launched.
You may have heard me talk about it.
Or not.
I had such fun creating this eBook with my kids. But the actual selling of it and telling people why they should buy it?
Ick. Nobody likes talking about themselves.

So this year, I’m handing it over to people who bought the book (THANK YOU!) and I’m letting them do the talking.

Here’s what people are saying about The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas.

“These projects have really brought us a lot of joy, and an absolute minimum of stress. We’ll be diving into more of the 12 creative days between now and Santa’s arrival.” Cristin, Artsplorers

Susie from Handy with Scissors tried the All I Want for Christmas is… Yarn project:

Yarn wrapped stars from @ohcreativeday‘s fab new Christmas e-book! 12 awesome scaleable ideas perfect for little ones and loads of tips, tricks and templates. Can’t wait to hand these fuzzy lovelies on our tree.”

Joanna and her Blue Barn crew made Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeers:

“Have you had the chance to check out the new eBook by @ohcreativeday yet? It’s aahhh-mazzzing! She is one creative lady! My kids have been drooling over all the fab Christmas projects in it all week trying to decide which to do first.”

Fynn from Happy Tot Shelf tried the Santa Baby project with the printables included with the book:

“You should totally check out Shannon’s Christmas crafts ebook. I practically bookmarked everything in the ebook to do!”

Discover and Dream tried the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeers project:

“We love how easy and creative her ideas are and can’t wait to make more #craftmas from it!”

Cristin at Artsplorers went Walking in a Gingerbread Wonderland with her mini-maker:

“There are two things that I particularly loved about the crafts in this book. First, that they’re technically very manageable, and can be adapted to your child’s skill level. And, second, I found them so easy to make our own. If you have a look at Shannon’s versions of these projects, you’ll see that ours look pretty different, and that’s based on using mostly what we had around the house and finding our own inspiration. You don’t have to follow her example to the letter to make these projects come out well.”

You can read Cristin’s full review of The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas here.

The Weeble Wobble Wonder team exercised all the fine motor muscles with the book’s play dough mats.

Thea and her girls created so many masterpieces inspired by the book:

“Thanks to @ohcreativeday #ohcreativechristmas after school tomorrow is gonna be such fun!!!! If you have not yet gotten @ohcreativeday ebook you really must!!!!!”

Cara and Kinley had themselves an amazing #ohcreativechristmas

“When my sister-from-another-mister, Shannon @ohcreativeday, told me she was writing a Christmas crafts ebook, I preordered a copy immediately. I had extremely high hopes because that gal knocks my socks off daily with her creativity and this book of hers does NOT disappoint in the slightest! It’s literally everything you need to get your Christmas craft on for the entire month of December without spending even a single minute on Pinterest.”

Amy from Raising Little Disciples found the book useful as she navigated a move to a new country:

“We interrupt this programme to announce a great big THANK YOU to Shannon @ohcreativeday for your Santa-stic #ohcreativechristmas ebook! We have been going a little stir crazy over here the last month, cooped up either packing to leave a country or cooped up sick in a new country. So when I saw this crafty ebook in my inbox I did a little Hallelujah jig and a Christmas skip! We found a store that sold playdoh, printed out a BUNCH of pages and we were go-ho ho!”

And what a comment from @sofiti. If you do purchase the book, please tag me on social media @ohcreativeday and #ohcreativechristmas so I can see your creations. It makes me do a happy dance to the Michael Buble carols on non-stop rotation at my place.

Click here to grab your copy of The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas

Here is what people are saying about The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas. My eBook is packed with arty Christmas crafts for kids and play prompts so you can create love-soaked memories and connect with your children this Festive Season. #christmascraftsforkids #kidscrafts #ChristmasDIY #handmadeChristmas

 

 

Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm always looking for things that are open-ended, good quality for a good price and that nurture a mini-maker's creative abilities. Here are some of the products that we love using here. #giftideasforcreativekids #Christmasgiftsforkids #creativekidsLooking for some gift ideas for creative kids?
I’ve got you covered.

But, hold up.
I believe that all kids are creative.
So really this article should carry the title of “Gift Ideas for Kids.” A mere trifle.

When I’m on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I’m always looking for products that promote open-ended creating and playing and offer good quality for a good price. But not in a “you-will-need-to-mortgage-your-house-in-order-to-buy-this” kinda way.
Here are some of the products that we love using here. As well as some of the actual gifts that I have bought for my kids for Christmas this year.

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Gifts for Making

A question I get asked A LOT, is “Shannon, what is your must-have art supply for kids?
I reply with the same answer every. single. time.
A Micador Watercolour Palette.
It’s such an awesome, low-mess painting option. It’s also portable, so you can take your painting into the Great Outdoors.
We bought our original 36 disc set. Micador sent us the jumbo palettes to try and we adore them.

My kids burn through markers at an epic rate. I had yet to come across a set of markers that really impressed me until we were sent some Micador Early StART Besties Marker Mates to try. My husband and I have been blown away by how engaging our children find these and we attribute this to the fact that a) they are super cute and b) the chunky barrels are perfect for little hands to grip. Our kids have the Jungle and Underwater versions.

If you’re looking for a complete, all-inclusive creativity kit, the Micador Sensory Packs are great. We were given the Sensory Creating Pack to try and it was filled with a great variety of cardstock, craft sticks, tape and decorative embellishment. They also have a painting and drawing pack. These would be great to pack for holiday travels and road trips!

Creating should happen everywhere at anytime and these bath crayons from Honeysticks make that happen. We were gifted these along with Honeysticks Original beeswax crayons and a Toddlers First Colouring Book.
My Mr 3 immediately remarked that he loved the smell of these natural, non-toxic crayons. They are the perfect size for little hands.
The colouring book comes in three country-based themes: New Zealand, Australia and North America.
The pictures are large and without too much detail, making them absolutely perfect for the under-5 set.


Kwik Stix are ah-mazing for vibrant artworks with minimal mess. They are tempera paint sticks that glide on so smoothly and dry almost instantly.

Gifts for Playing

I have bought Camelot for my Miss 5 and Day & Night for my Mr 3 for Christmas.
Both are games of logic. Children choose a challenge and try and arrange the game pieces to fulfill the challenge. I can’t wait for my kiddies to unwrap these. I’m anticipating loads of fun, playing together.

My kids have requested a letter box for Christmas. This makes my teacher heart squeal because think of all the authentic writing experiences it will encourage!

Encourage some imaginative play with this seven piece doctor’s set  or this sweet tea party set.

Gifts for Reading

Here are some of our top picture books for 2018.
If you have an animal-lover, here are some of our favourite picture books about animals.
Got a little reader obsessed with vehicles– here are some of our favourite transport books.

Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm always looking for things that are open-ended, good quality for a good price and that nurture a mini-maker's creative abilities. Here are some of the products that we love using here. #giftideasforcreativekids #Christmasgiftsforkids #creativekids

If you’re looking to incorporate more creativity into your family’s life, I highly recommend Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger. It is filled with prompts and inspiration for creative journaling.

Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci is one of my favourite go-to books when I need arty inspiration to create with my children. Even if you aren't confident at setting up arts and crafts experiences with your children, this book is packed with tips and suggestions.Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci and Betsy McKenna is another book that regularly gets pulled off the shelf for an inspiration hit. Read my review of it here.

Gifts for Learning

Kidartlit box

Why do I love KidArtLit? They are basically everything I stand for, but in product form.
Their boxes are delivered straight to your door and contain a top-quality picture book with carefully curated arts and crafts projects, paired to the book. Each kit contains a detailed guide book and all the materials you will need.
The kit’s contents change on a monthly basis. You can choose to subscribe to a year’s worth of boxes, or simply one-off deliveries.
This is a perfect gift choice if you have a loved little one in a faraway place. Bookish, arty magic delivered straight to their door!
You can read my KidArtLit reviews here. and here..

 

 

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Got a little one obsessed with learning the time? My Miss 5 received this Easy Read Watch for Christmas last year.
Such a good investment!

 

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My eldest starts school next year and I’ve been eyeing off these letter blocks from Page and Pine. How beautiful are they?!
Imagine all the fun word play you could do with them!

Favourite animals in unicorn form? Yes please!
This super cute alphabet poster hangs in my kids’ playroom.
On the Send a Unicorn website, you can also send sweet, unicorn-themed stationery boxes. Another great gift option for a little somebody who might not live nearby.

So there you have it. 19 gift ideas for creative kids. Plus a whole lotta book recommendations.
And most of them can be ordered online. So you can do all your shopping in your pyjamas.
See? I said I had you covered. #shoppinginpyjamasismyjam

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Spin Art Christmas Cards for Kids

Spin Art Christmas Cards for Kids

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscraftsThere is nothing quite like receiving a lovingly handmade kiddy Christmas card.
These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is high on the fun-o-meter.

Spin art is also a quick way for generating heaps of colourful art for the Christmas card list.
What sets this spin art activity apart from all the other spin art projects out there?

It makes use of a material that Raising Kinley has raved about here before.
Photo paper.
The photo paper soaks up the paint so that there is no time spent waiting for paint to dry.
Perfect for the impatient creator. Or last-minute-Christmas-card-maker.

Are you ready to turn your home into a spin art Christmas card factory?
Let’s do this.

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscrafts

You will need:

Photo paper
Liquid watercolours
Painting implements
Salad spinner
Christmas shape templates (We used the ones from my Christmas eBook.)
Glue
Cardboard
Scissors

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscrafts

How to make your own spin art Christmas cards:

Prepare a palette with your liquid watercolours.

Place a piece of photo paper into your salad spinner.

Use different painting implements to splatter and drip and drop the watercolours onto the photo paper.

Secure the lid tightly onto your salad spinner and spin, spin, spin.

The best part- remove the lid and ogle your artwork.

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscrafts

Trace around your templates onto the back of the photo paper and cut them out.
(We used the templates that come with my Christmas eBook, The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas.
You can read more about it here.)

Fold card stock in half to create a card and glue your spin art shapes to the front.

The spin art also makes for lovely gift tags. Simply punch a hole at the top of the shape and thread ribbon or a pipe cleaner through. Use a permanent marker to write names on the tags.

You can watch the process here:

Looking for ways to create love-soaked memories and connect with your children through art, craft and play during the Festive Season? Have yourself a creative little Christmas thanks to the 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook.

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Handsewn Bags for Children’s Christmas Book Advent

Handsewn Bags for Children’s Christmas Book Advent

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsEvery festive season we count down to December 25th with a Christmas Book Advent.
Once upon a time, I used to wrap each book in colourful paper and embellish with pom poms and all kinds of decorative paraphenalia.
These days, I ain’t got time for that. Nor do I wish to give myself RSI or a bazillion paper cuts doing so.

So here’s how I intend on rocking the Christmas Book Advent in a more environmentally-friendly fashion this year with 3 kids.
I’ve handsewn some sweet little bags and each day I will simply place a new book in each child’s bag.
I originally saw this idea done by Hana, and I love that it also creates a keepsake that can be used year after year.
(Hana and I are both suckers for creating traditions and love-soaked memories with our littles.)

Oh, and did I mention that sewing is not my strong point?
So if you are not the most confident seamstress, take heart. It’s a project simple enough for even those who flunked Home Economics in high school.

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

What you will need:

A length of fabric (Ours measured 40cm x 50cm)
Cord for the drawstring
Needle
Thread
Scissors

How to:

I chose to cut my fabric to 40cm wide by 50cm tall. This was to accommodate the largest Christmas book in our collection.
You might like to make your bag smaller or bigger. So step 1 is simply cut to size, leaving about 2cm seam allowance.

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

Turn your fabric over and fold over a seam of about 2cm. Iron this down to get a nice sharp fold.
I chose to do a back stitch along this seam. Mainly because I’ve just learnt how to do such a stitch from my friend Trixi and I wanted to practice it. Apparently back stitching is an embroidery technique. I’m obviously not embroidering, but whatevs!
“Do what works for you” is totally one of my creative mantras. You could obviously just do a simple running stitch.
You will be threading your drawstring cord through this section, so don’t stitch too close to the edge.

Once that step is complete, fold your bag in half so the front halves are facing towards each other.
Stitch down the long side and then across the short side to meet the fold.
Again I had a seam allowance of about 2cm.

Let the record show, that at this point my husband declared “It’d be so much quicker if you just used a sewing machine.”
To which I responded with an eye roll and “Yeah but we don’t have a sewing machine.”
What a cheerleader!

You can now turn your bag out- and you have something that resembles a bag!
Before threading the drawstring cord through, I just turned in the edges of the drawstring openings and sewed that seam in to give you a nice, clean edge.

Time to thread the drawstring through and this may be the stage where you mutter a few sweary words.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the drawstring cord so that you can feed it through the seam.
Eventually it will come out the other end. But I warn you, it may take a few frustrating attempts.
Knot the ends of your cord to prevent them slipping back through the seam, and voila! A book bag!

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsEvery festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsWe don’t have enough Christmas-related books to fill 24 days.
So I fill in the gaps with our favourite books from the year that was.
Any opportunity to celebrate reading and books!

Click to grab a copy of my Christmas eBook

Connect creatively with your children this Christmas with arts, crafts and play. #Christmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #reindeercraft #DIYChristmasornaments #handmadeornaments #kidsmadeornaments

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Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

FREE PRINTABLE Kids’ Birthday Interview

FREE PRINTABLE Kids’ Birthday Interview

We’re madly wrapping presents and planning cakes in preparation for my eldest’s 5th birthday.
(She requested a love heart cake. Then a cat-shaped cake. Now we’re back at the love heart request.)
Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic.
Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles?
Back when she was about to turn 2, I posted these kids’ birthday interviews.

Cue all the lamenting about “where does the time go?!”

Every birthday, I print off an interview template and fill it in. I then keep them in a journal dedicated to each child.
(The title is meant to be filled in as “Your child’s name at age they are.” E.G Emily at 5 years old.)
I like to think of it as a birthday time capsule.

Because I’m clearly not dealing with all the emotions of “how is she 5 alreadddyyyy?!” I created a few new designs for some fresher birthday interviews.

Want to print your own kids’ birthday interviews?

Click on the images below to download your own copy.

Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic. Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles? Every birthday, I fill out a birthday interview for the birthday girl or boy. Download and print off one of these 5 kids' birthday interviews to create your own birthday time capsule. #kidsbirthdays #kidsbirthdayinterview .

Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic. Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles? Every birthday, I fill out a birthday interview for the birthday girl or boy. Download and print off one of these 5 kids' birthday interviews to create your own birthday time capsule. #kidsbirthdays #kidsbirthdayinterview .

Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic. Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles? Every birthday, I fill out a birthday interview for the birthday girl or boy. Download and print off one of these 5 kids' birthday interviews to create your own birthday time capsule. #kidsbirthdays #kidsbirthdayinterview .

Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic. Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles? Every birthday, I fill out a birthday interview for the birthday girl or boy. Download and print off one of these 5 kids' birthday interviews to create your own birthday time capsule. #kidsbirthdays #kidsbirthdayinterview .

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Birthdays always make me sentimental and nostalgic. Do you have any birthday traditions with your littles? Every birthday, I fill out a birthday interview for the birthday girl or boy. Download and print off one of these 5 kids' birthday interviews to create your own birthday time capsule. #kidsbirthdays #kidsbirthdayinterview .