We are so excited to be invited to join the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired by Books online event by Mama Miss.
We were inspired to make crayon ornaments with the kids!
There are a few reasons that we are excited. Of course, it is so much fun for us to see the ornaments and decorations that others have created. We also especially like homemade ornaments and we are obsessed with books. There are so many great books to choose from, it was hard to choose just one. I have a feeling that there will be many book-inspired crafts in our future. The book we chose for this year’s 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired by Books event is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.
We made two crayon ornaments based on The Day the Crayons Quit. The first ornament that we made is a “Look and Find” Ornament. The people in our family like to fidget so we thought that an ornament that could be played with would be fun.
To make Look and Find crayon ornaments you will need:
Clear Ornaments, Rice, Food Coloring, and Paper.
We bought a pack of clear ornaments from the craft store for a couple of dollars.
Then we dyed some rice by putting the rice in a zip-lock bag, adding a few drops of food coloring and shaking. MAKE SURE THE BAGS ARE SECURELY CLOSED. This is a good time to get the kids moving. Have them shake, dance and toss the bags. Allow the colored rice to dry.
Make the tiny crayons. You can make the crayons by rolling small pieces of construction paper or you can print a template for them here.
Using a paper funnel, fill the ornament with the rice and paper crayons. Leave some room in the ornament so that it can be shaken. Put the ornament top back on and you have an interactive LOOK AND FIND ORNAMENT.
Then it was time to make the main characters of the book come alive as decorations.
We made these easy, yet adorable PAPER CRAYON ORNAMENTS.
To make your own crayon ornaments you will need Paper, Markers, Pipe Cleaners, Hole Punch, Tape, and Glue. You can download the template for the crayons here. We printed our templates on recycled paper.
Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Loop the end of one pipe cleaner in the middle of another pipe cleaner. Put the pipe cleaner through the holes that were punched in the paper and tape to the back of the crayon.
Roll the paper closed and glue or tape shut. We used very fat markers to help us roll the paper into a crayon shape. Arrange the arms the way you want them and fold the top of the vertical pipe cleaner to make a hook.
The kids had such a great playing with their crayon ornaments. The crayons are incredibly expressive. It was fun to use them to act out The Day the Crayons Quit.
For more book-inspired kid-made ornaments check out these talented bloggers:
Mommy Loves Trees – A Wish to be a Christmas Tree
My Nearest and Dearest – The Snow Tree
Fireflies and Mudpies – The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Life of Jennifer Dawn – The Nutcracker
Lovely Commotion – Dream Snow
Simply Vicki – Snowflakes Fall
My Bright Firefly – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Mama Miss – Santa’s New Jet
Mom Inspired Life – Room for a Little One
Made with Happy – Jingle Bells