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Handmade Ornaments for Kids - Vintage Dioramas

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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!


Create a Vintage Diorama Ornament 

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.


Supplies for Handmade Vintage Ornaments

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
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or ornament hooks to use for hanging them on the tree


Vintage Ornaments

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.


Recycle Old Cards for Christmas Ornaments

Once you have the card trimmed, glue it into the box.   Ta-da -- instant background scene :)


Vintage Diorama Ornament

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.


Add ribbon for details

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.


Handmade ornaments that kids can do

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.


Toy Shoppe 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. 


 Kid Made Ornament Ideas


Would you like to join in on the fun too?!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the landing page here, for this series that Melissa at Mama Miss is hosting.
  2. Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos (limited to 2 a day).
  3. Add this pretty little ornament shaped button below to your blog post, or your sidebar, or somewhere on your beautiful blog letting me know you are joining in on the fun too!!
  4. Label the ornament button: 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments
  5. Link the ornament button to: the landing page for this series.


The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

Make sure to pop by these other fabulous bloggers too, that are participating in this series…

December 1st

Mama Miss

Here Come the Girls

Creative World of Varya

December 2nd

Housing A Forest


December 3rd


Crystal's Tiny Treasures

December 4th

Mama Smiles

One Perfect Day

Play Trains!

December 5th

Feels Like Home

How Wee Learn

December 6th

My Little 3 and Me

Glittering Muffins

Teach Beside Me

December 7th

The Connection We Share

Scribble Doodle and Draw


December 8th

The Library Adventure

Something 2 Offer

Learn with Play at Home

December 9th

The Pleasantest Thing

The Eyes of a Boy

Edventures with Kids

December 10th

Nothing if Not Intentional

Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Me & Marie Learning

December 11th

The House of Hendrix

Child Central Station

Happiness is Homemade

December 12th

eLeMeNO-P Kids

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Living Montessori Now

December 13th

Teach me Mommy

Mum in The Mad House

The Craft Train

December 14th



Imprints From Tricia

December 15th

True Aim Education

Sugar Aunts

The Life of Jennifer Dawn

December 16th

Powerful Mothering

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Tutus & Tea Parties

December 17th

Teach Preschool

Plain Vanilla Mom


December 18th

P is for Preschooler

Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes

Busy Kids = Happy Mom

December 19th

Mama Miss

Glittering Muffins

December 20th

Tips From a Typical Mom

Rockabye Butterfly

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    Cathy @ NurtureStore December 10

    I love these! Such a great idea. I know my girls would love making them.

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    Natalie December 12

    This is absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring this post in the next week's Afterschool hostess round up.

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    jackie @ happy hooligans December 21

    Oh my goodness, they're adorable Jacquie! I could totally get into making a few of these! LOVE the tiny toys in front of the store shop window!

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    http://Susen Dabbling Momma November 27

    Mini dioramas, love, love, love them! We are big time fans of dioramas and these are just precious!

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