The 8-year-old in our household makes gifts for his loved ones each year — cards, Magic Loom bracelets, tiny sculptures— and this year I thought he would have fun making ornaments. Here are sources for cheap, charming, and highly customizable ornament options for kids:
1. Handprint Ornament Kit, Pottery Barn Kids, $12-15.50
A nice way to commemorate a baby's first christmas. This set is soft and air dries.
2. Clear Plastic Fillable Ball Ornaments, Amazon, $11.79/pack of 12
Nature-loving kids can fill them with leaves, acorns, shells, and pine needles, while poppy kids can stuff them with pompoms and glitter.
3. Wood Ornaments, Viking Woodcrafts, prices vary but most under .50/per
These are classic, cheap, and would look adorable covered in a toddler's fingerpaint masterpiece.
4. Glass Onion Ornaments, Michael's, on sale for $2.49/pack of 6
If your kids are a little older/more careful, these are a lovely fillable ornament upgrade.
5. Paper Mache Ornaments, Create for Less, prices vary
I always love the look of these paper mache ornaments- and their perfect for reckless glitter glue usage. Create for Less carries a large variety from snowflakes to snowmen to stars and much more.
6. Shrinky Dinks Refill Sheets (no need to buy a kit), New Egg, $7.31
Have you done Shrinky Dinks as an adult? Here's your chance to have some old-school fun, "for the sake of the children". Six sheets will make a ton of ornaments- just be sure to punch a hole in each before baking.
7. Sculpey Color Sampler, Dick Blick, $19.95
This is what we'll be doing at our house, as the 8-year-old is a Sculpey master and will enjoy the lack of limitation. I have a good selection of twines and ribbons to convert his creations into ornaments, and I'm sure we'll have plenty of Sculpey left over for future fun endeavors.