Christmas is a time for family and giving, and one of the main center pieces of every household is the Christmas tree. I can remember crowding around the tree as a child with my family and decorating the tree in our living room. Every year my mother would let me and my sister pick out our favorite ornaments, and then as we got older, taught us to make ornaments to hang up. They meant more to us than store bought ornaments, and many of them we still have today, tucked away as little memories of the time we have together as a family. Below is a step by step guide to one of my favorite homemade Christmas ornaments, fun for kids and grownups alike!
1 package of pipe cleaners (any color)
1 bag of Styrofoam craft balls (any size)
1 pack of tissue paper (bright colors are best)
1 bottle of craft glue
1 bag of small colorful rubber bands
2 tsp of water
Several bottles of different colored glitter
A paper plate
1 craft brush
2 small bowls
1. Set up your materials. Pour about a third of a bottle of crafts glue into a small bowl, and add the 2 tsps of water to the glue, mixing thoroughly. Sit to the side for later.
2. Take out 1 piece of pipe cleaner and bend into a candy cane shape. Stick the longer piece of the pipe cleaner deep into a Styrofoam ball, making sure it’s tight and won’t fall out. This will be the hook you use to hang up the ornament.
3. Take out your favorite color of tissue paper and lay it flat, sit your Styrofoam ball in the middle of the paper, pipe cleaner on the top, and pull the edges of the tissue paper up around the ball and around the pipe cleaner. Wrap a rubber band around the top of the tissue paper and pipe cleaner, not too tight, but tight enough that it won’t fall off. Fluff your tissue paper ends out, making an attractive halo shape.
4. Pour your favorite color glitter into the other small bowl and set aside.
5. Next, take your brush and dip it into the glue, brush glue onto your tissue paper ball, make sure to cover all of it. Hold by the pipe cleaner and let it dry for a few seconds. Before it dries, dip your Styrofoam ball into the bowl of glitter, rolling it around to make sure it is completely covered. Hold over the paper plate to make sure none falls all over the table or floor.
6. Last, hang your ornament up on your hanger to dry and so that none of the glitter will rub off. Leave them hanging for a few hours so that they dry completely. If you want to add more decorations after the glitter is dried, fuzzy balls, fake jewels, and beads are great additions!! Just glue them on randomly or in a pattern and hang them back up to dry.
These ornaments are easy to make, and virtually mess free. They are also light and won’t weigh down your tree, and sparkle beautifully with Christmas tree lights. Better yet, they will provide invaluable time with your family or friends, and can be stored away and kept as mementos for years to come.