Handmade Ornaments

James Ornament
We like to make handmade ornaments each year for our Christmas Tree. There are so many ways and ideas for how to do this. This year we decided to try a new product to our home called Model Magic.  I was very impressed with this product (and I am not being paid or endorsed in any way by crayola.)

The first batch of ornaments we made were very simple.  I had the children roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to make the handmade ornament.
Making ornaments Making ornaments
Using a straw I put a small hole to make the ornaments.  The straw worked really well and we were able to use the same straw for all of the ornaments.  The dough just moved up the straw as we went.

After making the simple ornaments with the kids I brought out all the colors and cookie cutters and let them go on their own.  Christmas Ornament making
We bought all the primary colors and mixed up the green, orange, purple, and brown on our own.  The kids got a kick out of mixing the colors.  The older two are now very proficient with knowing what colors to mix together to make the color they want.  I see this as so valuable for when they really take off with water coloring or oil painting.
Making ornaments
Our handmade ornaments took only about a day to dry.  I did turn them over after about 12 hours.  I was surprised how they felt when they were dry.  I was expecting it to be hard like clay, but it is soft and a lot like craft foam.
Christmas Ornament making

I do have to say that my favorite ornament had to be the one by my two year old.  Not sure what she was going for, but she was so proud of her work!

Grace Ornament

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  1. I love these! My kids are big model magic fans... what a great idea for ornaments.

  2. I love the colours you have used :-) And I've just passed on an award to you (you don't have to do anything with it... up to you!) http://happywhimsicalhearts.blogspot.com/2011/11/lucky-week.html

    Warm wishes, Kelly

  3. Oh my your ornaments are just too cute!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. These are so lovely! Especially the snowflakes!

  5. so cute! we went to the crayola factory this past summer and we played with model magic - the girls loved it! :)

  6. How fun! I last used model magic to make a hand print of my 5 month old, and I just turned it into a tree ornament. My 3 year old loves playing with the stuff -- the texture is divine.

  7. We love Model Magic when traveling - it just doesn't stick that badly, even to fabric! Once it dries, I've even managed to get it out of carpet.
    Going to have to try ornaments this year, both my girls are crazy about clay :)

  8. these are awesome! i love model magic! we made these owls a couple years ago that i'd love to make again as ornaments! http://paintcutpaste.com/abracadabra/
    thanks for the inspiration! happy holidays!

  9. I thought I had already commented on these! Sorry I'm just now leaving my comment. I just wanted to tell you that I love how they turned out. Great idea to use the model magic! I think we have some that we could use for this. Thanks for posting :)


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