I’ve got to be honest with you: toddler-made ornaments make me both giddy and nervous.
I get giddy because I absolutely love Christmas and my kid’s love decorating the tree with handmade ornaments. But, I get nervous because there’s always a HIGH probability that we’ll make a huge mess when we make them…
Is it just in my house?
Here’s my dilemma:
- I don’t like micromanaging my little ones by saying, you have to put Santa’s’s hat here or Rudolf’s nose there. Which is why we love process art around here.
- BUT I don’t *always* want to put out a bunch of art materials and let my kids go to town because we ALL know what that means: I’m going to be dealing with cleaning up copious amounts of glitter, glue, and God-knows-what-else all over my dining table and floor…for WEEKS.
Because glue and glitter are like spam emails. They never go away.
But, this toddler-made ornament?
This is both gorgeous to look at, kid-directed AND easy to make. With little to no mess.
((cue jaw drop))
I know, it sounds like I’m joking but I’m NOT! The best part is that this ornament ties in with one of my family’s favorite children’s books of all time, The I Love You Book, by Todd Parr. I’ll share even more amazing ornaments to make with kids at the bottom of the post. This post is part of an awesome, kid-made ornament blog hop so there are other bloggers to go check out today too. So, stay tuned.
But first, let’s dive into to how to make the world’s easiest RAINBOW ornament, shall we?
You won’t need many supplies to make this rainbow ornament.
I scored most everything from Michael’s craft store, BUT if you want these to dry in seconds you’ll have to grab our Kwik Stix tempera paint pens on Amazon or directly from their site (we got our set for free – thank you, Kwik Stix!).
I brag more about Kiwk Stix over on Instagram.
Back to how to make these ornaments!
So, here are the materials that we used to make these 2-minute toddler made ornaments:
- Paint | We used neon Kwik Stix (<–affiliate link to Amazon to make it easy for you to find them!)
- Wooden circles | We grabbed these in the wood section at Michael’s
- Construction paper | We used black
- String | We used thin, black friendship string
How to Make Rainbow Ornaments
My 7 year old and 4 year old did these exclusively on their own. I just handed them the wooden circles and they painted them with the Kwik Stix.
Then, we quickly added the black circle with the heart cut out (I DID do that part for them). We added the construction paper quickly so that the paint would act as an adhesive and we didn’t have to add glue.
The last step was tape a little bit of string to the back and *BAM*
You’ve got a gorgeous looking ornament that takes seconds to make.
My favorite part is that all of the colors and the sentiment of the heart comes from one of our favorite books, The I Love You Book.
For me, the holidays are all about love. And, this book and these ornaments are just what we needed to kick off Christmas.
I know you’ll love making these as much as we did!
And, before you go, check out these other amazing kid-made ornaments that are inspired by Children’s books. Time to get crafting!
Feels Like Home | Cute Bird Ornament
Teach Beside Me | Solar System Ornaments
Learning and Exploring through Play | Snowman Handprint Ornament