Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simple Homemade Ornaments

Today I'd like to share the super cute and simple homemade ornaments we made from common household items and craft materials. R wanted to make one with a penguin sliding on it's belly. I think it's adorable and I can't wait to add it to our tree. I love that R could make it almost entirely by himself. I made one as well because I couldn't resist!

Would you like to make one with your children? This is what you'll need:

Clear plastic cups. We had several left over from R's last birthday party. I've been waiting for a chance to use them, and they are perfect for this! You will also need scissors, an utility knife, pipe cleaners, tissue paper or toilet paper, foam stickers, and poster board. You could also use the cardboard from a cereal box instead of the poster board. And really you could decorate them with a variety of materials. I typically buy the holiday themed foam sticker kits after the holiday passes and save them for the next year. They are much cheaper that way and you can use them for so many different projects. You will also need glue. I used Tacky Glue, but I imagine Mod Podge or Elmers would work.

What you do:

1. Trace the rim of the cup onto the poster board. Cut out the circle and set aside for later.

2. Use the utility knife to cut an "X" into the top of the cup. (Definitely a job for the adult!)

3. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and insert the two ends into the slit in the top of the cup. Twist and knot the pipe cleaner ends to ensure the pipe cleaner will not be pulled out. This is what it should look like. 

4. Next, you will glue a pipe cleaner around the base of the cup.
5. Decorate! I think they would be cute even if you stopped after this step.

6. Then you fill with torn bits of the tissue paper. I used five squares of toilet paper. 
7. Lastly, glue the poster board circle to the rim of the cup. 

These homemade ornaments were so easy. They didn't take long to put together and we had fun creating them. Aren't they sweet?!

What are some of your favorite homemade ornaments?


I'm linking this post here:

Making Magical Christmas Memories


  1. Oh! So sweet :-) Totally creative, totally original and totally doable. Love it!

  2. Thank you, Chrissy! We don't even have our tree up yet, but I'm excited to see them on it. Haha.

  3. That's such a great craft! Love your blog and activities.. I thought you deserve an award! http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/11/liebster-blog-award.html

  4. This is really cute! Love your son's big grin, too =)

  5. This is really cute! I have a 4 year old (well, "almost 5" if you ask him) that would LOVE this craft! Your blog looks lovely, I can't wait to look through it more. I'm your newest follower.



  6. This is adorable. I love crafts that kids can do most of it themselves like this one! My daughter adores stickers so this will be a big hit for her.

  7. Thank you all so much for stopping by and checking out our little ornament craft. :)

    Juggling With Kids, thank you so much for the award and the nice comment. I'm really happy that you've enjoyed my blog. I'll be stopping by to visit yours!

    Brittney- Thanks for the follow! I'll be stopping by your blog as well. That's so cute that your son is already correcting his age. haha. My son will be five in March and is constantly saying "maybe when I'm five I can do such and such." Oh, and it comes far too quickly. Lol

    Rebekah, my son *LOVES* stickers as well. Oh the excitement a sticker can bring!

  8. Adorable!!!! What a great idea to use simple items we all have!!! So cute!

  9. I love it- did you link it up to The Sunday Showcase? I also pinned it!

  10. Thank you all for the sweet comments!

    Crittersandcrayons, that's exactly what I liked about it. I could just raid my cabinets. Lol

    Kim, thanks so much. I'm glad you like it!

    Aimee, I don't think I have yet! I'm glad you reminded me. I'll do that now!

    Melissa, he was very proud. Haha. It's so cute.

  11. Oh this is so very very cute! I would love it if you joined these up with my Christmas linky http://www.puddlesandgumboots.com/2011/12/02/making-magical-christmas-memories-features/

  12. Thanks you guys!

    And I'm headed there now, Kate!

  13. I absolutely love these! You and R do such a great job at making anything and everything!

  14. These are so cute. I remember doing something similar as a kid but had forgotten about it until now. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. By the way, I love your new look!

  15. Thank you Shayla! I love you!

    And thanks, Brooke! It's definitely a work in progress. I love your new look as well!


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