Many months ago, when the weather was warmer, I posted a spring flower paper craft. What does this have to do with Christmas ornaments? I’ve changed it up a bit, and instead of pretty pastels the flowers are now red and green. Think faux poinsettias with glitter on them! Of course, if you’re not up for the sparkles spreading throughout your house, you can try one minus the glitter.
When I first learned how to make these cute paper flowers I thought it may be too tricky for a young child. It isn’t. It really involves cutting and folding. So, let your child try it by herself (with your supervision). Don’t worry if the ornaments don’t come out looking like “Flowers”. They may look a bit abstract instead. That’s ok. Just like my son’s two scribble ornament, you’ll treasure this one too!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Red and green paper – Card stock or construction paper.
· A marker
· Clear-drying school glue or glitter glue
· A hole punch
· Thin ribbon
· Optional: Pom poms
Here’s What to Do:
1. Draw a curvy or bumpy circle onto an 8x10-inch piece of paper. Have your child draw it almost all of the way to the edges.
2. Cut the shape out.
3. Starting at the top outer edge, start cutting a spiral through the paper shape. If it helps, your child can draw an outline to follow with a marker first.
4. Roll the paper into a tube, starting at the outer edge.
5. Glue the end to the bottom when your child gets to the most inner edge.
6. Let the paper unroll to create the flower shape.
7. Squeeze the glue around the top edges of the flower. Your child can also skip a step and just use ready-made glitter glue.
8. Sprinkle glitter on the glue. Let the glitter and glue dry. Optional: Your child can push a pom pom into the center of the flower, sticking it to the glue.
9. Punch a hole through one of the flower’s “petals.”
10. Thread a piece of thin ribbon through the hole, tie at the ends and hang the Christmas ornament!
If you like this Christmas themed craft for kids, check out the recycled cardboard tube ornament! Click on the picture to get the full how-to instructions:
Are you looking for more holiday arts and crafts? Follow my winter Pinterest board for ideas!