Homemade Baby Jesus Ornaments ~ Christmas Art Crafts For Kids

 Homemade Baby Jesus Ornaments

Craft By my Sister Andrea:

The baby Jesus ornament was something I wanted to make with my kids (3 years old)  this year because they are getting at the age of more understanding as well as craft abilities.  I have seen people use almost anything as a baby from felt to wooden balls.  I wanted to make something so I used plane white modeling clay which I already had.  You can use polymer clay or any clay that you can bake to preserve.  You can even use a recipe for salt dough.  Once the baby was baked I added a bit of watered down paint for cheeks and hair and eyes.

I did not spend much on this craft.  I found some old blue blankets that we used on the boys when they were newborns and I just cut it up and hot glued it around the baby.  As far as a basket or crib I used what I could find.  I found a set of 6 tiny wreaths for around $2 at a craft store.  There are tiny cardboard boxes in various shapes for $.99 in which I used the bottom and the lid for two ornaments.

I had run out and needed one more Baby basket and went looking through my house.  I found a shell that just so happened to have tiny holes in it that I was able to put the baby in and use wire to hang it.  I had some leftover ribbon saved from gifts and decoration from previous years and I used that to hang them on the tree.

They can be made with yarn or ripped up cloth or shredded wood found in the artificial plant section of the craft store.  I have to say my kids really liked playing with the baby Jesus and painting stars to glue on the ribbon.  They were very interested and it was a great teaching tool.  Hopefully these ornaments with last to give them when they have their own tree.

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Christmas Art Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Mache Star Tree Topper

Paper Mache Star Tree Topper

Here’s another Christmas Art Crafts for Kids.  My sister makes them a lot with her twin toddlers.

Cut out a cardboard shape and staple one end of a toilet paper roll to it. Cover it with foil and use a glue and water mix with tissue paper. Let it dry and it is ready for the tree.

This one is so easy and you can let the kids make any shape they want and have fun with the glue!

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Christmas Art Crafts For Kids | Paper Chain

Submitted by Andrea:

This is a classic and so very simple for the little ones, so we had to make a paper chain.  I found a great deal on Christmas paper at the craft store and for $9.99 I got 180 12 x 12 sheets to split with a friend.  I happen to have decorative edge scissors and used them to cut strips.  I let the kids pick the next strip and I would glue it and they would stick it.

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Christmas Art Crafts for Kids | Styrofoam and Felt Christmas Tree

Submitted by Andrea:

I found cone shape Styrofoam at the dollar store and bought felt for a dollar a sheet with self adhesive on the back. You can decorate your tree with almost anything. We (my 2 year old boys and I) started out with packages of foam stickers. We also tried pom poms but they would not stay no matter how long I held them in place. I ended up giving them ribbon and then them wrapped it. But you can use buttons, glitter, stickers, sequins, gems…. They helped pick out sticks from the yard as the trunk and rocks to help weight it down. I had old tins we put them in but you can wrap Christmas paper around any kind of box as a pot. They remind me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree but there is something whimsical about them and I really like them.

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Christmas Art Crafts for Kids | Finger Painting Photo

Submitted by Andrea:

My kids love to finger paint so I knew at least one holiday project would be all bout the finger paint. I found these cardboard star shapes for $1.00 at Michael’s Craft Store. There are 4 in each package.  I just let my kids do there thing and then when they dried I cut out a picture of them and glued it in the middle.

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Christmas Art Crafts for Kids | Bottlecaps as Mini Shadowboxes

Here are decorated Bottle caps by Lisa.  These might be great for the older kids.

This post shows how we painted beads to look like mini eggs, surrounded it with “nest” and nestled it all inside a bottlecap. The school children will sell these as magnets and pushpins at their craft fair to help support their field trip fund. This is my second submission…the first was beaded ornaments and pillowboxes.
Thank you, this is fun!!
Lisa

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Christmas Art Crafts For Kids | Glitter and Paint on Wood Ornaments

Submitted by Andrea:

I found these wooden ornaments at a craft store for $.51 each so I bought a bunch.  My kids (age 2) love to paint so I let them paint them and once they dried I let them help me put glitter on them. I was a bit nervous letting 2 year olds help with glitter but it turned out just fine with no major mess.

I used a paper plate and a plastic storage dish to keep the glitter contained.  I actually poured glue in my hand and let them use their fingers to put the glue on the ornament.  I felt I had a little more control this way.  Then I put the ornament in the plastic dish and helped them pour glitter on top.  I put the left over glitter back in the vile and hid it up high just in case. :)

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Christmas Art Crafts for Kids | Make your own paper ornaments

Paper Ornaments thanks to Andrea.

Take 3 pieces of construction paper and rip it up into small pieces. Put the pieces in a blender and add 1 1/2 cups really hot water. Let it sit about 5 minutes.

While this sits lay a towel on a table or plate and then lay a paper town over that. Pulse the blender till you have pulp. You will want to drain some of the water out of the pulp. Pick out a cookie cutter shape and smash the pulp into the cookie cutter. Make sure to get all the corners and pack it in. Add some glitter.

Carefully remove the shape from the cookie cutter and place it on a baking tray. Bake it at 200 degrees for 2 hours or until they are completely dry. My kids enjoyed this except the blender part. They did not want to be anywhere near that noise.

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