A tradition I am really excited about starting with our seven month old is creating a homemade ornament each year. As someone who admittedly is not very crafty, the execution of a homemade ornament was a little daunting. This super simple ornament craft is perfect to keep or gift, is ultra affordable and can be done with kids of any age.

What You’ll Need

  • Crayola Air Dry Clay (I tried this first with salt dough and found that clay worked a bit better)
  • Wax paper
  • Fingerprint pads in assorted colors. I grabbed this set off Amazon
  • Tree cookie cutter- I found one at our Dollar Tree!
  • Straw

How To

  • Pull off a chunk of air dry clay and roll it into a ball.
  • On wax paper, use a rolling pin, wine bottle, or even your hand to press it flat (about 1/4 inch thick).
  • Use the cookie cutter to cut out a tree and pull the excess clay away from the sides.
  • Use a straw to make a hole at the top for a ribbon or hook.
  • Take your little one’s finger and make indents in the tree. These will turn into your “lights.”
  • Let the tree dry for about 24 hours, flipping over about halfway through.
  • Once dry, use the fingerprint pads to paint the indents different colors. Make sure to wipe away excess ink before switching to a new color!
  • Let dry completely
  • Thread a pretty ribbon or ornament hook through the hole.

You are done! A handmade and sentimental ornament you can keep for years to come! We marked the back with the year so we always remember Baby G’s 1st Christmas!

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