DIY Kids: Easy Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
I’m excited to co-host a kids handmade ornament workshop today with Bellies & Babies consignment boutique. My kids love making new ornaments each year for our tree and Nadja was happy to help craft some prototypes. The workshop is today, December 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the shop on 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue.
Upcycled Sweater Wreaths
We first made a tiny wreath from felted sweaters cut into postage-stamp sized squares.
I threaded some twine – about 15 inches long – onto an embroidery needle and tied a knot in the end.
Then, Nadja poked pieces of the felt one by one onto the thread until there were enough to form a circle, or felt wreath.
I tied off the twine at the top and that was it!
You may remember this craft from your childhood. In the workshop, we’ll use popsicle sticks, but Nadja and I chose to use sticks from the yard for our prototype, crossing two over a strand of yarn, still connected to the ball of yarn.
After making a knot where the sticks cross, you start winding the yarn around each side and then draw the yarn over to the next side, and then repeat, around and around. It took a little practice for little hands (and for me, I’ll freely admit), but Nadja quickly caught on. She’s looking forward to helping other children get the hang of making the God’s eyes today.
To secure the yarn, I threaded the end through the embroidery needle and drew the yarn under some strands in the back.
They may not be the most “professional” looking God’s Eyes, but they’ll be fun to include on our Christmas tree this year and for years to come.
For today’s workshop at Bellies & Babies, we’ll make these ornaments, plus a surprise “giving tree” ornament, all to hang on the store’s holiday tree on the Ave. All supplies are provided. Hope to see you there from 3:30 to 5:00.
Here also are some other ornaments and decor we made by hand in year’s past: