It was always such a big ritual when I was a kid. The whole family would pack up and head out and pick out a tree. Then Mom would shlep my sister and I outside while dad put the lights on the tree. I always thought it was so it would be kind of like a surprise when the tree was all lit up. I have since learned it was so we wouldn’t hear him swearing while he fought with the lights. Even so, we’d come in to the most beautiful lights on the tree. Then Mom would put on some Christmas music and bring out the ornaments and let us hang them. Mom said she could always tell how old we were in the Christmas pictures by how high / low the ornaments were hung.
When I went away to college I was exited to have my very own Christmas tree. I was excited, that is, until I saw how pathetic the 4 boxes of ornaments I bought looked on my tree.
That was when I decided to start a tradition for my cousins who were about 5 & 7 at the time. I didn’t want them to have a sad looking Christmas tree when they grew up and moved out of the house. So that year I made them homemade ornaments. And each year after that they got a different set of ornaments.
That was (gulp) over 20 years ago. That’s A LOT of different kinds of homemade ornaments.
I haven’t always been good about getting pictures of the ornaments that I have made. But I do have quite a few of them documented. So with only 41 days (gulp) until Christmas I thought I would share with you some of my favorites.
Last year’s ornament definitely rates in the top 5. I love it because it was the 1st time that I was able to include the kids in the creative process.
- I took a red ornament, but it would work with any color
- Painted one of the kids hand white with craft paint.
- Carefully had them hold the ornament like a ball
- Left them upside down to let the snowmen dry
- Used craft paint to add hats, scarves, and faces.
- Used glitter glue (stickles) to add snow
Some things I’d recommend if you are going to do this.
- Do not attempt this right before bed time or nap time. Trust me on this one.
- Have several more ornaments ready than you need. That way if you get a badly smudged one you can have a do – over ornament
- Don’t get all wrapped up in the snowmen being perfect. After all when’s the last time you saw a perfect snowman in real life?
Everyone got 1 M and 1 N ornament. And the best part was I started making a set for each of my kids. So they will have full trees when they move out too.
Ornament countdown links:
- Day 10 – Cross Stitch Pillow Ornaments
- Day 9 – Mini Quilt Block Ornaments
- Day 8 – Wooden Bird houses Ornaments
- Day 7 – Marbled Glass Ball Ornaments
- Day 6 – Cookie Cutter Ornaments
- Day 5 – Beaded Snowflake Ornaments
- Day 4 – Painted Plaster Santas & Houses
- Day 3 – Fused Glass Ornaments
- Day 2 – Stamped Image in a Glass Ball Ornament