Handmade Ornaments for Kids - Vintage Dioramas
Do your kids love to make ornaments for Christmas? Then you will go crazy over today's activity - Handmade Vintage Diorama ornaments!
We are joining 50+ bloggers who are each sharing a wonderful idea for ornaments kids can make this year. TONS of wonderful ways to decorate the tree and the kids won't want to stop at just one.
Plus, so many are quick and inexpensive that you can easily fit in a few during the holiday season -- and they also make great gifts for grandparents too!
Vintage Ornaments the Kids can Make
I really love vintage items so I thought we would re-create one of the popular ornaments from times past -- a mini holiday diorama that you can hang on the tree. I don't know if you remember these from your parents or grandparents tree but they were plastic balls or boxes that held a winter scene. I really adored these small winter wonderlands when I was younger.
Here's what you'll need to make one of your own:
- Paper mache boxes (we found ours at the craft store) -- you can also use a small jewelry box too
- Old holiday cards - great way to upcycle them!
- Mini ornaments or figures that will give some depth or a 3D look to the project
- Ribbon or details if you'd like to decorate the outside of the box
- Fake snow or glitter
- Ribbon or ornament hooks to use for hanging them on the tree
First, decide what card you'll use for the background of your diorama.
We decided to make a snowy scene for one ornament and a toy store window in the other box. If you have an old stack of cards, flip through them and I'm sure there will be a picture that will catch you eye. Sometimes it helps to give the kids the top of the paper mache box so they know how large their picture will be once it's placed inside.
Use the top of the box to trace around the area of the card you would like to use as the background. Then trim the area to fit the back of your box.
Once you have the card trimmed, glue it into the box. Ta-da -- instant background scene :)
Now to give the ornament that 3D look -- add some of the mini ornaments or small items to the box. These small items can also be found at your craft store. For the Toy Store window, my daughter added some small toy ornaments and a mini red velvet bow. In the winter scene, I decided to put in a mini cottage and a large star on the top of the tree in the background.
Allow them to dry for a while (otherwise they'll slide around) and then add glitter or snow if it fits your scene.
We added snow to our winter scene. We also decided to trim the outside of the box with a fun ribbon to give it a little 'pop'!
I love how creative you can be with the dioramas -- the kids will have a great time planning our their ornament. You might do an outdoor snow scene, something from nature or a peek into the chimney on Christmas Eve - so many possibilities.
Once everything is dry, we used a small screwdriver to poke a hole in the top of the box.
For the winter scene, we threaded a colorful ribbon through the hole to use to hang the ornament.
For the Toy Shop, we hung it with a metal ornament hook.
Pretty cute, aren't they?! The whole project took us less than 45 minutes including the time to let the glue dry between steps.
Would you like to join in on the fun too?!
Go to the landing page here, for this series that Melissa at Mama Miss is hosting.
Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos (limited to 2 a day).
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The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.
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