We love making Christmas ornaments at our house! Even before I had my son, Onetime, I made a unique ornament each year for my nieces, nephews and family members. It’s something an aunt of mine did when I was young (thanks Aunt Cathy!) and I loved the idea of continuing this beautiful tradition.
Here are the instructions to make our ornament from this year, a pretty Pine Sprig Ornament ball. It’s simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make and classic enough to give to adults and friends.
To Make Your Pine Sprig Ornament You Will Need:
- Plastic sphere ornaments that you can open the top and fill
- Pretend plastic pine sprigs (we pulled ours off of a larger evergreen decorative stem)
- Small pinecones (collected in the neighbourhood)
- Red foam balls
- White glitter
- String or ribbon to hang
How to Make the Ornament
As I mentioned above, we collected our little pinecones from around the neighbourhood. To make them easier to put into the balls, we soaked them in water for a minute so they’d be softened and easier to get into the globes. (They dry out pretty quickly again if you leave the top off the ball for an hour or so after completing it.)
I also had to show Onetime how to push them in facing in the right direction so all the scales would not come off! He enjoyed putting a couple pinecones into each ball.
Last, we added a small spoonful of white glitter and a couple of red foam “berries” to complete our ornaments. I didn’t take photos of this step, as I’m sure you understand the potential mess factor of not keeping a very close eye on this type of activity!
Onetime needed a bit of help with making sure the glitter got into the ball, but he found the “berries” easy to pop in.
Once everything was in, I tied a small red string to the top to complete the ornament. Oh, and usually when we make these ornaments for friends and family, we add a small flag to the string with their name and the year on it (not shown).
That’s it for our Kidmade Pine Sprig Ornament. It truly was simple to make and Onetime enjoyed the process of making 10 of them for family and friends!
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