Easy Homemade Ornaments for Kids

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Running out of time but need a crafty gift the grandparents will go ga-ga for? Let your kids unleash their creative spark with these fun and easy handmade ornaments!

After asking for ornament ideas from Twitter and Facebook, I decided I wanted to do clay ornaments and use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes. I got clay overload while staring at the clay section at Michaels. I had no clue what to use… until I eyed something called Pluffy. The package said it was non-toxic and for kids. Best thing was that it never dries out YET you can bake it to make something permanent. Score!

At first I was worried about how little there was per package (I only bought two packs). But we whipped out our trusty rolling pin and got to work…

1. Roll out the Pluffy to about twice the size (about 1/4 inch thick).

rolling out pluffy2. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Once we cut as much as we could, we balled it up and rolled it out again. With two packages of Pluffy, we ended up with 14 ornaments (a mix of big and little ones).

3. Bake for about 15 minutes (exact directions are on the package). We used a lollipop stick to poke holes for the ribbons.

baking pluffy4. Paint ornaments. We laid freezer paper down to protect the table from one enthusiastic painter.

painting pluffy ornaments5. Decorate! We used Diamond Dust and Stickles. Diamond Dust is like chunky glitter. It’s actually ground glass but is complete safe to work with as long as your kid doesn’t want to eat it! To adhere Diamond Dust to the ornaments, just use clear glue (we used Diamond Glaze) and then sprinkle the dust on top and tap off the excess. Stickles are little bottles of glitter glue that are super easy for the kids to use. We squeezed out dots, stripes and giant blobs of glitter. Big Roo enjoyed putting glitter dots on the Christmas trees in all sorts of colors.

ornament painting with stickles6. Let dry. Blobs of Stickles need about 8 hours to fully dry. You can see the infamous blue Stickle blob in step 7 (hint- it’s above the green dove). Here you can see a candy cane coated in Diamond Dust and two others decorated with Stickles.

7.Tie ribbons at the top of each ornament for hanging. I used leftover ribbon from a few Christmases ago.

pluffy ornaments for kids

Ta-da! Big Roo talked about making these for like a week afterwards. We may have just started another holiday tradition in our house. Do you have a favorite holiday craft?

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  1. says

    Those are so cool!
    That Pluffy looks a lot easier to work with than the ole’ flour, water and salt mixture we used to use as kids.
    Visiting from Fadra’s. She always has the best taste and your site is no exception!
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  2. says

    Oh my gosh, this post comes at the perfect time!!! I’m planning to make dough ornaments with Small Fry tomorrow, but the tutorial I found online calls for making your own dough and baking for 6 HOURS. I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate this into our day, around meals, nap, etc. But now, I am totally heading over to Michael’s for some Pluffy. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!
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  3. Donna says

    These look awesome! There’s no way I’ll find time to get them done before Christmas, but we might make some after the holidays. It looks like they turned out a lot better than the cinnamon ones we tried last year. Thanks for the tips!