I know that Christmas is for kids. But even though I know that, I sometimes fall prey to the pretty, catalog Christmas decor, and forget how much fun the goofy, ugly or crazy-coloured ornaments can be for kids. There’s a place for my pretty ornaments that have been around since I was a kid.
But there’s lots of room to create Christmas decorations for the little guys in the family too. I think next year we’ll try to make a few more decorations together. Right now, he’s not the craftiest of kids Last year I decided to give Jimmy his own tree and North Pole train track.
This tree is all about the hands-on experience. There was no worrying about broken ornaments or shattered dreams (mine! ha ha) and the train was meant for being played with. It’s a SUPER easy decoration to make too. You can purchase the train track from IKEA and then embellish the train car with craft paint. I sprayed varathane on the cars when everything was dry so the paint wouldn’t chip off when we played with it. (Of course, this isn’t a toy for a child who still mouths things, but for the slightly bigger kids it’s ideal.) Here’s a few close-up of the trains. There’s no pattern or template, just get creative and freehand a few decorations and colours. I stuck to the traditional green, red and gold & added snowflakes, candies and a few Ho Ho Hos.
When I brought it out again this year Jimmy was super excited and immediately asked if he could put it around the big Christmas tree. We’ll have to see how that works out when it finally comes in the house!
The Kid’s Table
This year for the Canadian Tire event Sue & I did, I created the kids side of the Christmas table. (Sue did the grown-up glam side.) I had a hard time leaving my kiddie creations behind at the store! I really loved both projects so much.
The first craft was place cards for the table. You know, because a) all kids read and b) they love being told where to sit. So yup, this one is all for the MOMS in the crowd today.
To create these majestic-looking table creatures, I used these deer ornaments from the new CANVAS line of Canadian Tire Christmas decorations. All I did was paint the wood plaque behind the deer ornament with some chalk paint and clip some boxwood for their antlers. To write the place cards, I trimmed some paint chips I had from PARA and wrote my kid’s names in white. I did have to prop them up with some cardboard I had on hand, or you could place them on the lip of the plates you’re using. I love that they can go from the table to the tree too. By using chalk paint you can write a message on them and add them to the tree year after year.
The next table craft I did used the CANVAS line of ornaments again. I could not resist those boots!
To make this centrepiece I brought out my glass cake stand and cut a piece of cardboard to fit the base. Then I took three sets of the furry boots and hot glued them so that they hung off the plate. Then I grabbed one of Canadian Tire’s rustic wooden and pine cone strings and wove it through. In the centre I rolled some gold ribbon around a roll of cardboard I glued to the base and placed two nutcracker ornaments on top. I glued them to the cardboard roll, and to each other so they were sturdy. Then I once again went to my paint chip stash and used some gold stickers to put the 2014 sign in their hands. This centrepiece works so nicely on any table, but especially when you’ve got some kids who like to look and touch things. Lots of hot glue will hold it together, and well, a piece of chalk and a chalk painted placemat will keep their hands busy if you don’t want them touching your masterpiece!
So there we are, a few christmas decorations that should help you find your own inner child too. I hope you find some inspiration here for your family!