After hearing Friday’s news, I don’t think there’s a parent, aunt or uncle, who didn’t think, with great horror, “that could have been my child.” We send our children out into the world and go about our day, assuming they will be safely returned to us at the end of the day. When your kids return home today, give them an extra big hug, and suggest that you spend time together reading, crafting, playing a game, or just sharing a cup of cocoa. Today, for your family time, I’m sharing a few Christmas ornaments that kids can make.
To make a Sequins & Ribbon Wreath Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” wreath
- Acrylic craft paint in red
- Sequins: Red & green, ¾” diameter
- Ribbon: Red & green, 1” wide
- Seed beads, green
- Sequin pins (sequin pins are shorter than regular straight pins)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; paint brush with stiff bristles
To make a Sequins & Ribbon Wreath Ornament:
1. Paint the wreath red, and let it dry.
2. Cut the red and green ribbon into 1” squares. Our ornament used about 36 red squares and 12 green squares.
3. Thread a seed bead onto a sequin pin, and then pin a ribbon square onto the wreath. Repeat, overlapping the squares as you go, till the wreath is covered.
4. Accent the wreath with the large sequins. We used about a dozen each of the red and the green sequins.
5. Tie an 8” ribbon into a loop, and pin and glue it to the back of the wreath.
To make a Pompom Cupcake Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 6” cone and 3” ball
- Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or other decorative paper
- White pompoms, ½”, about 60 per cupcake
- Pink pompoms, ½” about 25 (optional)
- Red pompom, ¾”, one
- Green felt, scraps
- Ribbon, 8” for hanger
- Straight pins (optional)
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Plastic knife*; scissors
(*NOTE: Always closely supervise children using a plastic knife. For really young children, have an adult cut the foam shapes.)
To make a Pompom Cupcake Ornaments:
1. Using the plastic knife, cut the top from the 6” cone, so that you have a 2” tall base. Flip over the base, so that the wide end is now at the top. This is the cupcake base. Save the top portion of the cone for another project. (How about painting it, pinning on sequins, adding a cinnamon stick trunk, and making a small tree ornament?)
2. Wrap the base in paper, trim to fit, and glue to the cone. Optional: Trace around the bottom of the cupcake on the paper, cut out the circle, and glue to the bottom of the cupcake.
3. Cut the 3” ball in half, and glue one half to the top of the cupcake.
4. Glue pompoms onto the top of the cupcake. If needed, use straight pins to hold them in place while the glue dries. If making a spiral, add the spiral first, and then fill in the remaining space.
5. Tie an 8” ribbon into a loop, and pin and glue to the top of the cupcake.
6. Glue a red pompom on top. Cut out small leaves from green felt, and glue next to cherry (optional).
If you need more ideas for family craft time, here’s a round up of ten more ornaments you can make with your kids this week.
To honor those who keep our children safe every day, and those who died on Friday while protecting their precious students, today is “Thank a Teacher” day. I’m not sure who started this initiative, but if you can, please go out of your way to say “thank you.”
If you’d like to help the families and community who have suffered this horrific and unimaginable loss, the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has created the ‘Sandy Hook School Support Fund’ that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.