My Homemade Christmas Ornaments (Fun with the Kids!)

December 2, 2010

(A picture of our home-made ornamnet).
Kids Christmas Crafts!
Probably one of the greatest feelings I get is when see my kiddos little expressions when they have accomplished a goal, realized something new, or just had plain old fun giggling! I am a throw it together kind of craft person (that probably comes from my teaching days). I can create some kind of craft project out of bare necessities in the kitchen, from a craft store, or heck even from the ground outside! LOL!!
First, let me start off by telling you about this family tradition we have that all started because of one of my friends parents. On the first Christmas my friend had after moving out into his own home, his mom brought over a bag full of ornaments (18 to be exact). She handed them to him to put on his tree…there was one home-made ornament he had made growing up to 18 years! I was pregnant with my daughter then and decided in that moment I was going to do the very same thing for my kids. I am a big sap, so yes, I had tears in my eyes when his mom gave those ornaments to him!
While taking a walk one day, I noticed pine cones on the ground and thought to myself what a great ornament they would be. So, yes you can bet I drove over to the street where I saw the pine cones and I walked down the center and picked them up. I probably looked like a mad woman, but desperate times call for desperate measures (that’s where all the good-looking pine cones were). Seriously….I promise!
Anyway, after bringing them home, we spray painted them gold and then I dug in my craft closet for some glue, glitter, sequence, and ribbon and let the kiddos have at it…no not really. I did guide them, but I also didn’t worry about the mess. You see…one thing I have learned is that messes take well to a vacuum, mop, or paper towel, so who cares! They are only little ONCE!! There is a country song that I absolutely love called Let Them Be Little by Billy Dean. I first heard that song when my daughter was about 1-year-old. It’s crazy how one little song changed my life in that moment! I LITERALLY stopped worrying about the mess she made and started enjoying our time together!
I ramble wayyyy too much…sorry :) I wanted to share this craft project with you just in case you wanted some great holiday craft ideas to do with your kiddos while they are on Winter break. Here is what we did:
  • Pine Cones (If you don’t have any in your area, Amazon sells a 1/2 lb. bag of Pine Cones)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Gold Spray Paint (you could also use tempera paint and paint them white)
  • Glitter, Sequence, or anything else you want to decorate them with. (I wish I would have used the Crayola Glitter Glue because it would have stayed on much easier!)
  • Hooks (I don’t really know what they are called, but Amazon sells them HERE)


  • Spray paint the pine cones and let them dry
  • Screw one of those metal hooks into the bottom of the pine cone
  • Attach a piece of ribbon to the metal hook
  • Mix 2/3 glue with 1/3 part water in a bowl
  • Have the kids paint the glue/water mixture in a downward motion towards the smallest point of the pine cone (I found that direction to work the best)
  • Sprinkle the glitter, sequence, etc. to decorate them
  • Allow them to dry



I hope you enjoy making this craft if you decide to give it a whirl. There are some great FREE craft sites out there! Just to name a couple, you can go to the following:

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1 Coupon Gal December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Hi Carrie,

Thank you for leaving me a note! That was very kind and let’s me know my readers are reading the stuff I write ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Coupon Gal

2 CJ December 3, 2010 at 7:43 am

I don’t even have kids but this really was a great story. I will def. start a tradition like this…. Thanks for sharing.


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