Toddler Friendly DIY Ornaments

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Today is day 8 of #12DaysofBlogmas and the prompt is “DIY.” I thought I would try my hand at making ornaments with my little girl. We ended up having a lot of fun! If you’d like to find out more about 12 Days of Blogmas, you can visit the two amazing hosts, Julie from Girl on the Move, and Joanna from Motherhood and Merlot.

Aaaahhhhh, Christmas-time with toddlers…This year I have finally accepted that my beautiful, very breakable ornaments need to stay packed away.

That doesn’t mean I can’t have pretty ornaments that are toddler friendly.toddler friendly diy ornament

In fact, my daughter and I came up with a super simple ornament to make that is really pretty and it looks breakable. But instead of breaking, it dents, because it’s plastic!!!dented ornament

So, to make your own beautiful ornaments you will need:

Plastic craft ornaments. I got ours at Michael’s for $1-1.50 a piece.plastic ornament

They had round ones that opened at the top, round ones that split in half, and oblong flat ones.
Mod Podge
Glitter
Epsom Salt
Paint brush or sponge brush

We used a sponge brush to apply the mod podge on the outside of the ornament. For the ornaments that split in half, we applied it inside the ornament.mod podge application

Dip it in glitter or Epsom salt depending on the look you’re going for.Dipping ornament in salt

For the ornament that splits in half, sprinkle glitter or salt inside and tap around to get complete coverage and dump out the remainder.

Let it dry!! At least for a few hours.

Cover glitter or salt with mod podge to seal it all in.diy ornaments

Don’t worry, the mod podge dries clear. If you need to, you can do a second coat to be sure it’s all sealed in there.glitter ornament

For the ornaments that split in half, use a glue gun to glue it together.

Hang up your lovely new ornaments. Or, if you’re like me, let the kiddos hang them up while you sit on your hands.frosty ornament
Pretty simple and I was really happy with how they turned out! And as long as you got enough mod podge on there, the glitter/salt will stay put.

For more great kid-friendly ornament ideas, head over to Parenting from the Heart where Alana shows how to make fun ABC ornaments.

Have you made ornaments with your kiddos? Please share, we still have room on our tree!

December 9, 2015
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16 Comments

  • Reply Theresa

    That is a great ornament project! Kids love to see their own homemade ornaments on the tree and this one sounds robust enough to last for many years to come. I bet these look amazing with the lights.

    December 9, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Kate

    What a great craft! Pinning for next year!!

    December 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thanks! It was fun!!

      December 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply twitchetts.com

    These are great! Really a fail-proof ornament for the kiddos!!

    December 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Exactly! I love it!!

      December 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Alana

    These are gorgeous!!! DEFINITELY making these!

    December 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Aw, thank you so much! They’re pretty fun!

      December 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Chanity

    I would have never thought to use salt! What a good (and kid-friendly) idea!

    December 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Haha! Yeah, kind of random. Thanks!!

      December 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    So cute! I love how the one with the salt turned out! I would have never thought to use that!

    December 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! The salt ones are my favorite-I want to make some more!

      December 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Iyanna

    Love this idea! Must try this with my little one soon! Thanks for sharing!! #Pinning lol

    December 12, 2015 at 12:32 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      We had a lot of fun!!

      December 12, 2015 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Kristen

    These look like super fun!

    December 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Healing Mama

    These are so cute! I love this idea!

    December 18, 2015 at 5:29 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! They were fun!

      December 18, 2015 at 6:35 am

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