The holiday season is a such a special time for the kids where thoughts of Santa Claus and presents are marveling in their heads. This is also one of the busiest and most hectic times of year where I try to slow down (as much as possible) and focus on family traditions and simply ways we can spread joy together.
Living in NYC this has included everything from visiting the lavish lights in Dyker Heights to soaking in the magical performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Another tradition that we all can't wait for is to collectively pick out a new ornament to don on our Christmas tree. I love looking at our tree that includes a mix of decorations from my own childhood that is mixed with an assortment of ornaments from my new life as a mom.
Recently, we all went to Target to locate our 2014 family ornament and stock up on holiday decorations. While at Target the kids instantly gravitated to their latest obsessions (Wonder Women for my middle daughter and Monster High for the oldest), which was also a buy two get the second free deal where we then opted for a Santa Claus for the baby. While I loved all of their selections, I was also seeking something more personal.
The girls and I decided to stock up on some crafts (including our favorite Kid Made Modern paper) and make our own ornament out of paper. Essentially, this involved cut up paper, glue, string and some glitter pens. The kids design it in their own special way that resulted in a personal and truly special ornament that both the kids and I will be treasuring for years to come.
DIY Holiday Ornament:
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1. Gather 2-3 pieces of paper. This can be old drawings or fresh construction paper.
2. Cut the paper into small squares. I used my hands but you can use scissors as well.
3. Place 1/2 cup of water in a bowl along with 1/2 cup of glue (estimated) and mix with a paintbrush.
4. Crumble one piece of paper into a ball.
5. Add the stripes to the water/glue mixture and place them along the ball until covered.
6. Let dry overnight.
7. Paint the ball.
8. Hang a string from the top.
In addition to the DIY ornament, we also decorated Santa hats and beards that we found at Target and made some simple decorations to hang in our window using paper, markers and scissors. This includes Christmas trees, stocking, wreaths and more that the kids loved to create and design.
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