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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kid Craft: Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments

Hi Everyone! I have a special treat for you today! I am teaming up with 11 other bloggers for the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts for Kids series, organized by Claire form Polka Dot Pretties!

The Christmas Craft for kids series is a blog hop, you will be able to visit each blog on their assigned day to see a different fun craft designed to inspire!

Here is the schedule:

Dec 1st – Fancy Frugal Life
Dec 2nd – Alderberry Hill
Dec 3rd – House on the Way
Dec 4th – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (That's me!)
Dec 5th – I should be Mopping the Floor
Dec 6th – Season Gredings
Dec 7th– A Night Owl Blog
Dec 8th – Mamma Marchand’s Nest
Dec 9th – Cherised Bliss
Dec 10th – Little Inspiration
Dec 11th – Aubrey Plays
Dec 12th - Polkadot pretties

Today, I am sharing these Paper Flower Ornaments the kids and I made.  You'll love how simple they are to make!


See the step by step directions after the jump:


I have quite a collection of paper punches leftover from my scrap-booking days.  The kids love to craft with  paper punches.  So much, in fact, that I have to keep them put away on a high shelf at the back of my closet.   Otherwise they will punch everything in sight, leaving trails of paper pieces everywhere!  

Something else the can't stay away from is my pin cushion and sewing pins.  It's so funny, both of them will come in to my craft room and make a bee-line for the pin cushion!  (Anyone else's kids do this?)

The paper flower ornaments were the absolute perfect craft for them. They were able to punch flowers out to their hearts content and then stick pins into styrofoam!  How much better can it get?  (Maybe I should have thrown in some bubble wrap - then they would have been in heaven!)

Supplies needed for the paper flower ornaments:


I pre-cut the patterned paper into strips so it would be easier for them to punch the flowers and hopefully waste less paper.

We only had one flower punch, so they had to take turns punching the flowers.


We used about 2 to 3 strips of punched flowers per styrofoam ball.


Then we pushed the pins through the paper and into the balls  Couldn't get much easier than that!


For children, I recommend thinner paper over thick card stock   The green card stock was much heavier than the other paper we used and was harder for my daughter to push the pins through.  I ended up putting the pins through the paper for her and she pinned the flowers into the styrofoam.


Once you have covered the styrofoam with flowers, cut a 6 to 8 inch piece of ribbon, fold it in half and pin it into the styrofoam ball.  You may want to add a drop of glue to help keep the ribbon in place.  (Ours seem to be holding up well with out glue, but we still have over 3 weeks till Christmas...)


Aren't they cute? And so easy!


Have fun making ornaments!

Don't forget to visit the other blogs to see what crafts they are up to as well!


Yesterday the blog hop was at House on the Way, where Leslie showed us how to make a darling Christmas Ribbon Ornament.  And tomorrow is another fun craft from I should be Mopping the Floor!

If you like this type of project and want to see more, you can follow along using the Google Friend Connect widget, through a reader, or signing up via email.  Just click on one of the icons below:


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I will be linking up to some of the linky parties listed here.



23 comments:

  1. Jamie, these look so pretty !!

    What a great idea !

    Thank you being part of the series , happy you are part of it

    Claire x

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  2. Very pretty! I love the colors you used.

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  3. Super cute, Jamie!! Loving these. You're a tough act to follow! :)

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  4. Beautiful! I love the way all of the colors pop against the white tree! Bonus: you could decorate with them again in the spring bc the colors & flowers would pull double duty! Love it!

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  5. How lovely! What a great idea! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Easy and so pretty! We'll definitely have to try these out.

    I'd love if you linked this up at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/12/show-and-tell-4.html

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  7. Jamie- fun project! Thanks for linking up your about me info last week for 30days. I always look forward to visiting you when you link up for my Pity Party. Your projects are awesome!

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  8. These are super cute! I love that it's something kids can do too!

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  9. So fun! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  10. Cute Cute Cute. Love how easy these are, but they seriously turned out to be so adorable. Thanks for sharing :)
    -Becky http://www.sugar-n-spicegals.com/

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  11. Such a great idea! They did a wonderful job. Megan

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  12. Totally LOVE how they turned out! I'm going to try and make some too with my little ladies.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  13. I love your blog! What great ideas... I am your newest follower and was kinda sorta maybe hopin' you'd pop on by and follow me back!

    xoxo-
    Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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  14. Hi Jamie! I really love your post! It's really inspirational and creative. I think our readers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Seasonal Celebration I really hope that you will put Seasonal Celebration on your list of carnivals to visit and link to us every Wednesday!
    http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/
    Rebecca x

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  15. Neat idea, and so simple! Link up any time to I Made It! Monday.

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  16. Such a cute idea. I love the one with the holly berries and green.

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  17. Such a cute idea. I love the one with the holly berries and green.

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous, can you tell me the size of the individual flowers? I've found the shape online and plan on using my silhouette to cut them out, but my image is 3" big, which yours look a lot smaller!

    Hope you have a lovely christmas with the kids :-)

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    1. Thank you! The flower punch we used was about an inch...
      Good Luck!
      ~Jamie

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  19. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you last week! (http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/12/showing-off-my-picks_12.html - I'm a little slow with notifying this time around!)
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party is live. Here is the link to the party
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/5-fun-posts-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s
    Linda @ With A Blast

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