Make Christmas balls with kids to get into the holiday spirit -- the finished ornaments can be used to decorate the tree or be given as gifts. Christmas ornaments for crafting can be made from glass, plastic, paper mache or styrofoam. Choose the type of ornament that works best for the purpose you have in mind. General purpose or white crafting glue can be used to attach decorative trims and embellishments to create special ornaments that will last a lifetime.
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Choose plain Christmas balls in a variety of colours and finishes. Look for complete sets featuring matching balls at big box stores starting in November. Select a glitter that complements the balls you have chosen. Kids can decorate Christmas balls with glitter by applying white craft glue with a fine tip applicator; this technique is useful for making letters and names. Premade adhesive shapes are available in craft and scrapbook stores in the glitter aisle; snowflakes, snowmen and holly leaves are particularly good for Christmas balls.
For the Birds
Help kids cover a paper mache Christmas ball with a liberal coating of peanut butter. Once the ball is covered, roll it in birdseed to make an ornament to feed the feathered friends that visit your yard in the winter. Do not use glass ornaments for this craft; they could break as the peanut butter is applied.
Purchase two-piece, clear plastic Christmas balls, and offer the children a selection of interesting fillers. Kids can select the colours and embellishments they like, and fill the ball. Once the halves of the ball are snapped together, the joint is nearly permanent, making a long-lasting, non-breakable ornament that stores well. Give your children strips of ribbon, sparkly pom-poms, snips of decorative paper, beads and buttons in a variety of colours to add to the crafting fun.
Yarn and Ribbon
Choose styrofoam ball ornaments and wrap with yarn or ribbon in festive colours. The yarn can be glued on the Christmas ball, or you can attach it with pins. Smaller kids will have an easier time with glue, while older ones will appreciate the design possibilities offered by using pins. Embellish the wrapped Christmas balls with buttons and beads for an added touch.
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