A simple and inexpensive DIY project for kids
Christmas Ornaments

Many families come together each year to decorate the house for the holidays while sipping eggnog and listening to Christmas music. An added bonus to that cheer is dusting off the décor created by your little ones from previous years and the memories that come along with it. With this simple ornament project, adapted from, you can add one more treasure to your trove this year, and all with supplies you likely have tucked away in (or scattered about) your house.

  • Balloons (12-pack, regular size) $0.97
  • Glitter glue $1.97
  • Foam painter brush $0.63
  • DMC embroidery floss $0.30

Note: You can use yarn or cotton string for this project as well, but I chose the embroidery floss because it was the cheapest of the three. You can also mix your own glitter glue with a bottle of Elmer’s and any color glitter you choose.

  1. Blow up the balloon to fit in the palm of your hand and tie a bit of string to the end (to hang your balloon while it dries later).
  2. Spread the glue around the balloon to make it sticky for the string. Note: I watered my glue down a little to thin it out and conserve.
  3. Begin wrapping the string vertically around the balloon. When about 3/4 of the way covered, cut your string, and then begin wrapping horizontally until it is about 3/4 covered in that direction.
  4. Cut your string and dab/brush glue all over the balloon, saturating all the string and making sure the loose ends are glued down. Hang the balloon by the initial string you tied on and leave for several hours to dry.
  5. Once dry, use a pin to pop the balloon and tie a ribbon or string to the ornament to hang from the tree.

Note: After popping the balloon, the string began to collapse with the balloon, causing a mini stroke in my heart for a second, until I realized I could fluff the string back up to the shape I’d created. Also, I recommend doing this over a trashcan or you run the risk of getting glitter all over the place.

Total cost: $3.87

Total time: 15 minutes*

* Total time does not include drying


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