I love homemade Christmas tree ornaments, don’t you?
When our older kids were in public school and our twins went to mother’s day out, every year they made homemade ornaments. This was always a treat and I have always cherished them! I have ornaments my oldest, who is now 15, made when he was three years old. They are gorgeous on our tree!
I am going to show you how to make these handmade beaded Christmas ornaments in 20 minutes! Super easy. Matthew (5) and I had a blast yesterday making them!
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PONY BEADS BEING TOXIC, TRY THESE PERLER BEADS.
- 6mm x 9mm large pony beads OR a bucket of these perler beads
- 4 mm x 7mm small pony beads OR a bucket of these perler beads
- metal Christmas themed cookie cutters
- hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- bakers twine
- cookie sheet
- parchment paper
Gather up all of your supplies.
Preheat your oven to 400°.
Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Lay out the cookie cutters on the cookie sheet.
Have little hands begin to fill each cookie cutter with beads.
We did a combination of small and large.
You can arrange colors, for example when making snowman eyes and nose.
For the candy cane we just used cream and red beads. We did not put them in any order.
For a Christmas tree we just did all green and then one yellow bead at the top of the tree and a red bead here and there for lights.
You can use a toothpick to make this a fine motor activity for kids. The toothpick does make it easier to fetch specific colors from the bowl.
This is how we spread them out on the cookie sheet.
Now you are going to pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Once they have melted, remove them from the oven and let the cookie sheet sit to cool.
Once they are cool to the touch, apply pressure to the inside of the bead creation and pop them out of the cookie cutter. This is defiantly a grown up job or a job for older kids.
The backside of the ornament is flat and the side you want to present at the front of the ornament.
On the back of the ornament apply a dot of hot glue.
Take 5 inches of twine and make a loop with it to serve as the ornament hanger.
Look at how gorgeous this is.
Matthew was so proud of himself for helping me make these ornaments.
We are going to make more and send them to grandparents!
Do you love making homemade ornaments together as a family at Christmas?
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