When I was putting together our Christmas Countdown chain, I decided to put up a small Christmas tree in Grace's room.
My thought was that we could put up a special tree - decorated with ornaments made by Grace. I imagine it will have lights on it, too, but the garlands, decorations, and topper will all be made by Grace and me.
That task presented a challenge; I couldn't at first think of many ornaments Grace could make.
I dug around the internet until I found a bunch. Some are kitchy and rough, others are fancier. They're all appropriate for the 3- and 4-year-old crowd to work on.
*At the time of publishing, all ornaments were linked to their creators' sites. Since that time, some of the sites have been taken down and the links have broken.
Homemade Ornaments to Make with Preschoolers
Pipe Cleaner Garlands from Parents.com. This is very simple; they just wrapped pipe cleaners around something round and linked them together. Anyone could make this colorful garland.
Fruit Loop Garland from Make and Takes
Dyed Pasta Garland. I didn't find any pictures of a garland made from colored pasta, but Marie at Make and Takes did a tutorial for making colored pasta necklaces last year. The idea is exactly the same.
Grace and I dyed penne pasta this past summer, and we have a ton of it leftover in our craft supplies. I'm going to help her string it on a ribbon to make a colorful garland for her little Christmas tree.
Swirled Glass Balls from Parents.com. These could not be easier. Open the glass ball and squirt paint inside - perfect for preschoolers! See the full tutorial for the particulars.
Popsicle Stick Ornaments from No Time for Flash Cards
Hand Print Ornaments from Our Crafts ~N~ Things
Jolly Elf Ornaments from Parents.com. Grace loves threading beads onto pipe cleaners, so I know she would love making these ornaments.
Simple Beaded Ornaments from Make and Takes
Homemade Dough Ornaments from A Feathered Nest
Ornaments with Paper or Craft Foam
Butterfly Ornaments from Happy Together
Easy Sticker Ornaments from No Time for Flash Cards
Handy Reindeer from Fuzzy Sheep Crafts
Ornaments with Yarn and Fabric
Sparkly Yarn Ornaments from The Magic Onion
Candy Cane Mice at Skip to My Lou. This isn't specifically a Christmas tree ornament, but would be easy enough to hang. You could either add a loop of thread or hang it from the candy cane.
Ornaments with Buttons
Snow Globe Ornaments
Penguin Snow Globes from That Artist Woman (based on a tutorial from Parents.com). The steps to make this aren't all that complicated, but a preschooler would need quite a bit of help. It would be really good for older kids and younger kids to make together.
Snowman Snow Globe ornament from Craft Elf
Twinkling Pom Pom Ornaments from Zakka Life. This might be my favorite ornament from the whole page. I adore these.
A different take on the pom pom ornaments from Skip to My Lou
Flower Ornaments from By Little Hands