Sometimes in the Christmas rush it’s hard to get around to doing everything you’d like to, and at an already busy time of year some crafts can seem too time consuming and fiddly to bother with – but not this one. This craft is very easy and perfect for younger children (so long as they are past the glitter-eating stage). We actually made these close to Christmas day last year and by the time I could get around to sharing the idea Christmas was over, so I’m getting in early this year.
To make these Sparkly Nature ornaments you will need:
– Fallen seed pods, pinecones or similar items. We’ve used pinecones and Jacaranda seed pods.
– PVA glue
– Kids acrylic or poster paints in the same or similar colours as your glitter
How we made them
Collect your natural items and set them all out ready to go.
Then you need to mix up a batch of sticky paint. Mix 50% glue with 50% paint. This will help the glitter stick better to the paint, and the paint will help cover the patches of seed pod that the glitter doesn’t stick to. Paint the seed pod with the sticky paint, and sprinkle glitter generously over the top. It helps to combat mess if this is done over a plastic container – but this is GLITTER we are talking about so expect there to be a fair bit of sparkly mess anyway. We did this activity outdoors because I find that far more glitter-friendly.
Allow the nature ornaments to dry before tying string to them and hanging on the tree, or making them into a garland if you prefer. Depending on what type of seed pods you have collected you might need to dry each side before flipping over and glittering the reverse so it doesn’t stick to the surface you are drying it on. I don’t think we bothered with that and there were a few little white patches of butchers paper stuck to the ornaments but nobody noticed.
These sparkly Christmas ornaments add plenty of colour and a gorgeous kid-made touch to your tree.
They turned out so pretty and sparkly and add a nice glittery glow to our tree. It’s such a simple Christmas craft but the simple ones really are often the best.
You might also like:
• Make some simple painted leaf ornaments
• These mini paper angels are always popular
• For younger kids try these simple Christmas ornament shapes from recycled cardboard – free printable template included
• Wooly twig stars are another fun Christmas nature craft
• These mini paper lanterns are a classic, easy craft for kids. Our free template makes them even easier.
For lots more creative Christmas craft ideas for kids visit my Christmas Crafts board on Pinterest.