Kids love decorating the holiday tree. Each year they wait with anticipation as the decorations are brought out of storage. They also enjoy making embellishments that will adorn the branches. They are capable of making more than just paper chains and popcorn strings. Teach your children or students to make these easy craft foam Christmas ornaments, and give them something eye-catching and impressive to create and contribute. Glue or other messy supplies are not required unless adding tiny ornaments.
To make the Christmas tree ornaments pictured, your kids will need thirteen green, red and white craft foam circles in graduating sizes, a twelve-inch piece of gold or silver stretchy cord, a red, green or white cylindrical craft foam bead and a yellow craft foam star. You will need something to punch a hole in the center of each circle. A one-eighth inch diameter punch with a two-inch reach is ideal. Make the first ornament to use as an example.
Begin by tying a knot at one end of the gold or silver cord. Add the cylindrical bead. It will serve as a stopper for the circles that form the Christmas tree, and it will create the trunk.
Next, add the circles one at a time. Begin with the largest one and end with the smallest. They should form a colorful cone. When the kids make their ornaments, check the circles to make sure they are strung from largest to smallest before completion.
Finish by adding the craft foam star. Tie a knot close to the top of the star to keep the pieces firmly together but loose enough to prevent distortion. Tie a loop for hanging the finished decoration.
To make the Christmas tree ornaments fancier and more eye-catching, consider adding garland made with glue and glitter. Apply wavy lines of thick clear-drying craft glue around the craft foam Christmas tree. Work on one side at a time to prevent the glue from running and/or dripping. Sprinkle on metallic glitter. Hang the ornaments to dry before handling further or adding more decorations.
The kids can glue on tiny stars and other shapes that look like real Christmas tree ornaments. Punch out small craft foam shapes of your choice, or use colorful glass beads to represent bulbs. Tiny metallic pieces of confetti can also be used.
If desired, miniature battery-operated strings of lights can be wrapped around the finished trees and glued into place with E6000 adhesive. An adult should complete this part of the craft. Follow glue label directions and mini light warnings for best results.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience