It’s becoming a lovely tradition for Pebble and I to make Christmas decorations together. Hopefully baby Rocky can join in this year too! Last year we enjoyed making Christmas Tree gift tags, a recycled Christmas card Advent calendar, Paper Lantern Wreaths and Christmas wrapping paper. Pebble is almost four now and loves creating and making more than ever.
We’ve just begun making some decorations for this year, starting with these beautifully simple Christmas tree ornament made using Sharpies, a paper template and laminating sheets. Don’t worry if you don’t have a laminator – clear, self adhesive book covering will work too.
Laminated Christmas Baubles
You will need:
- A laminator and laminating sheets (or clear, self adhesive book covering)
- Printable Christmas baubles – or draw them straight onto the plastic
- Glue stick
- Small photos (optional)
To make the baubles:
- Print and cut out the printable Christmas baubles (including cutting out the centre circle). Older children can do this on their own, younger children will need help.
- Dab a little bit of glue on the back of each Christmas bauble and stick it inside an open laminating sheet. The glue is optional – it just helps to keep the baubles in place while you are working on them.
- Decorate the inside of each bauble using the Sharpies.
- Add a little glue and sprinkle with glitter if you like. Adding little photos of family members is extra cute too!
- Close and laminate the sheet and then cut out each bauble.
- Punch a hole in top of each bauble and thread with the ribbon.
- Optional: trace the outline of each ornament using a black Sharpie – this makes the colours really pop and is great fine motor practice for little hands.
These Christmas Baubles make a lovely tree decoration or gift tag. You could also use different decorating techniques – try torn up pieces of cellophane or tissue paper, Christmas gift wrap, chopped up pieces of Christmas ribbon, children’s names and (of course) photos and drawings of loved ones.
What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?