Shiny, Happy Ornaments
Make aluminum ornaments that are easy as pie.
- Disposable metal pie plates
- A large-mouthed cup or a lid from a Pringles can:You'll use this to trace circles for your ornaments, so find a size that is big enough for your kid to draw on.
- Permanent Markers:In all colors.
- White glue
- Embellishments:Seed beads and/or rhinestones.
- First, lay newspaper over your workspace to keep things clean.
- Next, place the cookie cutter or cup on the back of the pie plate and let your kids carefully trace around the outside with a permanent marker to make a circle.
- Use scissors to carefully cut out the ornament. Be extra careful of the edges, which can be sharp. You'll have to help younger kids with this.
- Get rid of the pie plate scraps and place the cut ornament on top of the newspaper.
- Next, hand the kids some Sharpies and have them draw designs on their ornaments. (You might want to change them into dark clothing for this step; Sharpies are permanent!)
- When they're done decorating, use the nail to poke a hole through the top of the ornament. (You should do this part because kid fingers can easily be poked, too.)
- Now comes the pizzazz! Have them use white glue to add seed beads or rhinestones to their ornaments. Let dry.
- Finally, thread the ribbon through the hole—and take the permanent markers away from your kids before they "decorate" your walls.