Christmas Craft with Kids – Felt Ornament with Puffy Paint and Pom-Poms

Our kitchen table is getting bombarded with paper, scissors, felt, glue, paint, pom-poms, smiles, giggles and chatter – all to make crafts for Christmas and for some homeschool preschool! These adorable Christmas ornaments are so easy for kids to make, mine’s only 3, using felt, pom-poms, puff paint, and scissors.

Christmas Crafts with Kids - Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

My preschooler, Gabe, and I are on a Christmas crafting roll and are really enjoying ourselves. I’m so tickled that he’s now so interested in crafting with me. It affords us the opportunity to spend time learning about shapes and colors, develop his dexterity and creativity, and make precious memories. I don’t know what I’ll do with these precious mornings once his little brother stops taking morning naps and the baby comes – they’ll just have to join us, I guess!

Kids Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Craft with Puffy Paint and Pom-Poms

Gabe was very purposeful about where each dot of paint went and choosing each pom-pom. He took his task seriously, and also had so much fun!

Supplies

  • Sheets of felt from the craft store in whichever colors you choose (only 23 cents at Wal-Mart for the brand “Eco-Fi” – and they’re made from recycled plastic bottles!)
  • [amazon_link id=”B003W0C4RM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Assorted tubes of Puffy Paint[/amazon_link] (these were under $1 each and I bought 5
  • [amazon_link id=”B000UU6SR4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sharp fabric scissors[/amazon_link]
  • [amazon_link id=”B000W4SMC2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cookie cutters[/amazon_link] or stencils
  • [amazon_link id=”B008EUF4RC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fabric chalk pencils[/amazon_link] – one light and one dark, or a couple of pieces of chalk
  • [amazon_link id=”B00114Q4KO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bag of pom-poms[/amazon_link]
  • Hot glue and yarn (to hang them up)

Now, while I was cutting up the felt, I had to keep Gabriel happy, so I gave him some scrap paper and he was happy he got to cut up stuff like me. He loved it!

DIY Christmas Crafts with Kids - Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

How To Make the Ornaments

  • Trace your Christmas cookie cutters or stencils onto the felt with your chalk pencils (fabric markers didn’t work well on the felt for me)
  • Using very sharp fabric scissors, cut out the shapes (adults only)
  • Then, put down an old tablecloth, put a smock on your child, and let them go to town squirting out paint and sticking pom-poms to the felt!
  • Once they dry (it took almost 24 hours for us), hot-glue a piece of yarn or string onto the back to hang them up.

Remember, crafting with toddlers takes a lot of patience. I tried my best to keep my mouth closed and to not tell him how to do it – I wanted him to make the decisions and use his creativity. There’s nothing like a nagging helicopter mom to stifle creativity, and I still have to fight being that way. It isn’t easy, but it makes for a much more pleasant and FUN experience!

DIY Christmas Crafts with Kids - Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments that Toddlers Can Do

Gabe liked this project so much that he spent an hour-and-a-half working on these ornaments. Anyone who has a toddler knows that’s a very long time to spend on one thing! So they were a smashing success.

Christmas Crafts with Kids - Felt Ornaments with Puffy Paint and Pom-Poms

The ornaments look so cute on his kid-sized, four-foot tree! And the best part is he is so proud of them.

DIY Christmas Crafts with Kids - Felt Ornaments with Puffy Paint and Pom-Poms

I still can’t believe Gabe had the patience to make all of these in ONE sitting!

 

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

Comments

  1. Oh gosh – the ornaments Gabe made are delightful. I would so have a little tree for a little one with their own ornaments on it too! You are a great Mom.
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  2. LOL I’m the same way when my 8 year is (was) crafting. I want to “fix” all his “mistakes” and control the whole piece. Those ornaments are fantastic! Good job, Gabe!
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  3. These ornaments are so awesome! And the little tree is a great idea for them to move and see . You are such a caring mom! I am proud of you! I wouldn’t be able to stand the mess!

  4. Oooh, I’m very liked the project!!! I’m going for the felt tomorrow!

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  5. This is such a cute and fun idea to do with kids! I would love if you shared this over at my blog hop! http://www.ablossominglife.com/2012/12/frugal-crafty-home-hop-2.html
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