Monday, December 20, 2010

Handmade Christmas Ornaments for Kids

Before we get to the post below.... I am so sorry for not posting the Shutter Love Winners yet! We had a lazy weekend and then when I went to post, we had a lil emergency here at home. My youngest is having trouble breathing while sleeping. Taking her to the doc today. So I didn't have time to get that particular post ready and will post winners later tonight. Thanks for understanding.

On to the post...

Last week I had the kids make their own Christmas Ornaments. They made a bunch for their teacher and 1 each for our tree. I love their creativity. And of course I had to make a few too. ;-)

What you will need...

Canvas Material
Fabric Pens (assorted colors)
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
ribbon for hanging
& of course kids!

How to make these...

First cut out various sizes from your canvas material. I traced (with a pencil) a box inside the material, so the kids wouldn't go beyond that area. Leaving room for sewing.

Cordell's Ornament

Next, give the kids some pencils and let them draw some fun Christmas drawings. Or let them draw what ever comes to their imaginations. It's fun to see what they come up with. If you are making them for specific people, like a teacher, then have them write or draw something special for them. I like pencils because they wash away and erase away. You know, when you make lil mistakes. 

Charleigh's Ornament

Once they are all done drawing, let them trace their drawing with a black fabric marker. Then they can color in with various colored fabric markers. I like to use the fine fabric markers because they tend to bleed a little when coloring. The larger markers would have been harder for the kids to have a cleaner finished/fine look.

Cassidy's Ornament

Next, it's time to head over to the sewing machine. Cut  some batting to fit inside. As the kids say, for puffiness. ;-) Add another piece of canvas to the back. Cut a piece of ribbon for hanging. Pin them together and sew around the edges. Use pinking shears to trip the edges. It's a cute look! We used a zig zag style and straight stitch for ours.

Caidee's Ornament

Lastly, turn over your ornaments and personalize them with names and years with a black fabric marker.

Have any ornaments you want to share? Link them up in the comments below. We'd love to see them.


  1. Want to enter in the giveaway..
    Love these ornaments you and your children made.. They look like they would be a lot of fun~!
    Have a great Monday..Snowing and blowing here in Iowa..

  2. I always read your posts! Love them! I wanted to invite you over to my $50 American Axpress giveaway that ends christmas Eve!


  3. These are such fun ornaments. They seem very reminiscent of Chris Murray art. (love that guy). So cute, Tara. Good job!


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