The holidays are one my favorite times to find some holiday crafts for kids! My kids are older, but they still love the little traditions that we started when they were young. One of our favorite traditions is to make our own Christmas ornaments to put on the tree. That way each year that they bring out the ornaments, they have a little memory of that year. These handmade glitter Christmas ornaments also make wonderful gifts. You can personalized them and add a little extra touch to a gift. These are super easy to make and even young children can make them with the help of an adult.
- Glass Empty Christmas Ornaments
- Murphy’s Oil Soap (any sticky cleaner will do)
- Paint Markers
First and foremost, you want to make sure your ornaments are clean. Make sure there is no dust on the inside. Blowing into them will help double check. Remove the tops to do this and then keep the top off.
Take Murphy’s Oil soap, or other sticky cleaner, and put enough in the ornament that you can swish it around to coat the entire inside. Once the inside is completely coated, drain it back into the cleaner bottle.
Next, is the fun part. Get glitter crazy. Pour glitter into the ornament. (The use of a funnel helps, but making a mess is more fun in my book) Pour enough that you can easy coat the inside of the ornament. Then pour it back into the glitter bottle. My kids loved to mix up the glitter colors. If you do this, I recommend shaking the excess glitter into a plate so it doesn’t get mixed in with the single color glitter.
Once the inside is covered, place it back into the tray to dry (WITH TOP OFF). This usually takes an hour or two.
Then get creative, decorate the outside with paint markers. My kids each wrote a secret message to santa for him to find on the tree. You can also personalize the ornaments to give to friends and family members for the holidays. We are making up gift baskets and making up family ornaments. The family name and year is going on the front with the name of the family members on the back!