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Kid-friendly holiday decorations?

post #1 of 17
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So, this year, we have an energetic 6 year old, a 4 month old and 2 cats in our house. in years previous I hadn't really worried about kid-friendly decorations, but this year, I'm pretty sure that I need some suggestions!

 

I got some wood shapes and some glitter and some of that craft foam stuff to make ornaments out of. 

 

Any other suggestions? What are you favorite non-breakable, safe decorations?

post #2 of 17

We just got these at the Waldorf Winter Faire, and I found some instructions online.  They seem to felt up pretty quickly with play.

 

Here's the link to instructions:

 

http://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/woolangels/

 

And here is the picture of ours, riding a "swing" on the window:

 

 

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If you google "wool angels waldorf" or some such, you'll get pictures of ones that haven't been handled by kids, and some even more elaborate ones.  But since yours are for kids, this is probably a more accurate picture of what they'll look like!

post #3 of 17

Found this, too, along the same lines.  

 

http://www.waldorfmoms.com/2012/04/needle-felting.html

 

Now, I'll excuse myself to look around their site!!  

post #4 of 17
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Ooh, very cool. I need felting lessons I think. lol.gif Im lousy at it.
post #5 of 17

The first one is only tied.  I don't think needle-felting itself is the best craft for little kids!  But what they create is very kid-friendly.  The second link is to more involved instructions than the first.

post #6 of 17

We have a bunch of 'really important' holiday decorations that happen to be random family photos I'd printed out once for the kiddos that they stuck a bunch of stickers on and we put a ribbon on to hang.  They're cute, though, and were easy to make.  

 

 

We also have a batch of these cardboard/yarn star ornaments that we made one year.  They turn out pretty nice and look good grouped.  I think I made them with a 3 y/o at the time and she really enjoyed making them. 

 

 

Simple felt shapes with glitter glue, felt-y stickers, or kid embroidery are nice ornaments to make too.

 

Origami can make nice ornaments.

 

I also always put (wrapped) candy canes on the tree.  They're so-so for kid friendliness, so long as your kids can handle the temptation and maybe know to ask first instead of eating them all.  You can also do simple twisted pipe cleaner candy canes as decorations. 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Great ideas!!
post #8 of 17

God's eyes.  We have a bevvy of popsicle sticks (which we save) and way too much yarn.  Natural sticks might be prettier to the adult eye.  When I did them as a kid, we glued some glitter to the center.

post #9 of 17

Pinecones with white glue & glitter.

 

Do a salt-dough recipe and use cookie cutters to shape them, then paint when they're dry.

post #10 of 17

There's some really easy recipe that involves applesauce and cinnamon and cookie cutters.  It's super easy and you just bake them on really low heat in the oven forever and hang them up. They smell fantastic.  We used straws to poke holes for ribbons and put bells on them as well.  You can probably google for the specifics.  Salt dough ornaments are really easy, too.
 

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Oh those sound like they would smell yummy !!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by mumkimum View Post

We have a bunch of 'really important' holiday decorations that happen to be random family photos I'd printed out once for the kiddos that they stuck a bunch of stickers on and we put a ribbon on to hang.  They're cute, though, and were easy to make.

 

This is a really cute idea. I love that you have the kiddos stick a bunch of stickers on your family photos for a personal touch. My family does a similar project with our family photos. I have my kids pick out family photos from our family day trips we take through the year and write their favorite memory on the back. The past two years I have collected them all from my kids and created a photo book from Shutterfly, http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books. My kids love these books. Not only does it bring our family closer to the holiday but we've started a tradition. Even though the book may be destructible, our pictures and memories that go into my family's books aren't.

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YES!  smelling them all week long.....its like there is a Cinnabuns in my dining room!

post #15 of 17
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Yummy! That would be lovely!!
post #16 of 17

For non-breakable, how about felt ornaments?  Buy sheets of felt at any local craft store, then either trace or free-hand cut out various shapes (stars, trees, circles, bells, angels, etc).  Leave them plain, or use fabric paint or glue/glitter to outline/embellish. When I was growing up we had some of these, and they were our favorite ornaments to put on the tree--we just threw them at the tree and they'd stick where they landed.  Or, you could add thread/yarn/string to make a loop to hang them properly.

 

One year my mom bought a kit of fabric and batting.  I enjoyed cutting out the heart-shaped ornaments, layering the batting between the fabric, then hand-stitching them closed.  You could use any fabric, though, and just machine stitch them if you want quicker results.

 

This year I knit and crocheted a few soft ornaments (wreaths, snowflakes and pine trees).  Last year I bought a big pack of jingle bell ornaments.  The metal is sturdy and the light reflects off the painted finish quite nicely.  Then-6yo DS kept a few off the tree to be used as toys, so he left the tree ornaments alone.

post #17 of 17

Besides the salt dough, we have also done jar lid ornaments. If you google "jar lid christmas ornaments" you'll find lots of variations. My girls really like the ones we made with their school pictures!
 

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