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I feel like we have done every holiday craft imaginable these past few weeks as we attended lots of Christmas gatherings and parties. I was running out of ideas for our upcoming holiday party and couldn’t seem to come up with something that we hadn’t already done. Then the other day my son came home with an ornament that he made for me in class. I instantly fell in love with it, so much nicer than anything I could buy in a store! Then it hit me… why not host a Christmas ornament making party!? This turned out to be a genius idea and one of the best crafts we have done in a long time. I have also decided that we are going to make this a tradition and create new ornaments together every year.
The great thing about this craft is that the materials are really cheap, there is no one way to make them, and kids of all ages can participate. As a mother with children who’s ages range from 2 to 10, finding a craft that they can all enjoy is often difficult, so I feel like I have hit gold when I actually do find one! All you need for your ornament making party is clear glass ornaments, some paint, glitter and paintbrushes.
For the younger kids they simply painted the ornaments and then they covered them in glitter. You can help them make a hand print, or decorate the ornament with finger prints, or just have them paint them they’re own way. There is really no wrong way to go about this.
My kids could do this all day long, they really enjoyed it and their friends at the party were equally thrilled about this activity. And the parents get to go home with personalized ornaments that they can enjoy for many years.
My oldest has a really great ornament decorating idea and this is what the older kids ended up doing. This is strictly an older kid craft, I would not attempt this with little hands… very big messes could be the result! The older kids filled the inside of their ornaments with glitter and then added water to the inside of them. This turned out really neat and gives it a snob globe look.
While this ornament decorating activity was a big hit and consumed most of the time, there are also other things to keep in mind when hosting a party! Make sure to leave out food for everyone to enjoy, along with plates and napkins.
This is also a great time to have fun with Christmas decorations! I made a trip to At Home recently and found so many gorgeous Christmas items that help make our home look very festive for the party. Something that I have been keen on doing lately is filling items with ornaments, it looks really pretty! At Home was having a 35% off ornaments sale, so we grabbed a bunch and decorated not just the tree, but many items around the house. You would be surprised how many things in the house look fabulous with ornaments on them, hehe!
Don’t forget about the games! It’s always a good idea to have some fun games to enjoy when kids start to get bored and rambunctious. There are so many holiday games to enjoy with friends, trivia is one that we personally love!
Hot cocoa is also an essential and any holiday party and my daughter had the great idea of adding candy canes to everyone’s drink. Add some festive straws, a handful of min marshmallow, and you will have a whole lot of happy people at your party!
Don’t forget to send your guest’s home with a gift! Fill some holiday gift bags with holiday themed items, along with a gift card so they can treat themselves to something special.
We hope you enjoyed this ornament decorating post and that it has inspired you to get everyone together and start creating! If you loved the Christmas decor items in this post, you can find all of them at your local At Home store!