Ever since I was a kid, I have looked forward to making handmade ornaments each Christmas. It's something I didn't outgrow, nor do I think I ever will. I wish I had pictures of all the ornaments I've made in the past, but alas, they are in a bin somewhere, pre-digital world.
I think my first ornaments were those salt dough ones. The next year my mom let us paint ceramic ornaments, some of which I still have! We made God's Eyes out of Popsicle sticks and yarn, and glitter pine cone ornaments galore!
As I got older, I painted, glued, and beaded ornaments. I think they got better (I hope). This year I inherited a large box of stick pins, sequins and Styrofoam balls from my grandmother. I have lots of beads and bought some ribbon......and we were off on an new ornament adventure. My friend and her son came over, and we all hit the kitchen table with Christmas Music on, and made very sparkly, bright, crazy balls!
The kids each made like 5- but my friend and I only made one each- that's mine above, you can see why it took me all night! It's a bit tacky, but it sure is festive!!!!
These are really simple to make. Take a Styrofoam ball, make a ribbon loop and stick pin it to the ball, and then pin on ribbon, and beads and sequins to your hearts content!!! I layered the pin, bead, sequin and sometimes another layer of bead sequin. Easy and fun. The youngest in our group were a couple 6 year olds, and they did good with the pins (and close adult supervision). So it was nice everyone could handle it independently.
What I really wanted to say today, is that handmade touches people....and creating with those you love, well, there is just nothing more special. My kids light up when I say craft time! They live for it. It's a way to express themselves, to make things they want, or want to give.......they love to see what others make, and share ideas, and help each other. Handmade rocks, and I love sharing that experience with my kids.
What kind of handmade ornaments were your favorite growing up or that you now make with your kids???