I have a special treat for you today! I teaming up with 11 other bloggers for the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts for Kids series, (organized by Claire from Polka Dot Pretties,) I’m sharing this Paper Flower Christmas Tree Ornament Craft for Kids. You’ll love how simple they are to make!
I have quite a collection of paper punches leftover from my scrap-booking days. The kids love to crafting with the 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 into my craft room and make a beeline straight for the pin cushion! (Anyone else’s kids do this?)
The paper flower ornaments were absolutely the perfect craft for them. They were able to punch flowers out to their heart’s content AND 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:
Paper punch used: EK Success Paper Shapers Retro Flower Medium Punch,
TIP: If working with small children, I recommend pre-cutting the patterned paper into strips so it will be easier for them to punch the flowers and will waste less paper.
We only had one flower punch, so they had to take turns punching out 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
Can’t get easier than that!
TIP: 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.
(Check out our micromanaging kitty in the background,lol.)
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.
Aren’t they cute? And so easy!
Have fun making ornaments!