Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 12: "Piñata" Ornamants

Can you believe this is the last day of our Twelve Days of Homemade Christmas? It has gone by so fast, with Christmas approaching even faster! And while we are busy around here getting ready for the big day and all the festivities, we couldn't forget our kids' teachers who have given our boys so much. We wanted to make them special gifts as a way to thank them, and come up with this simple ornament idea! We call them "Pinãta Ornaments" not because there are treats
inside, but because to make them we used the same basic procedure as with our piñata! So easy for the kids to make themselves and they look so pretty too!

What You Need:
  • small balloons (we used water balloons!)
  • glue (or Modge Podge if you're feeling fancy)
  • tissue paper
  • paint brushes
  • string
First, blow up your balloons. To make them stay still while we worked we placed them on toilet paper rolls that we cut down to smaller sizes! Then rip/cut your tissue paper into smaller pieces.

Pour your glue into a small container, and dilute it with water if you think it's too thick. Then "paint" your balloon with the glue and stick your tissue paper to your balloon. Add another layer of glue to the tissue paper. Add more layers of tissue paper to your balloon, finishing it off by adding a final coat of glue to your balloon (yeah this can get messy but it's fun!). This will help smooth down the tissue paper and give your finished ornament a little shine.

Once you have a layer or two of tissue paper on your balloon, but a length of string and tie it into a loop. Lay it on your balloon and secure it in place with layers of tissue paper. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

Place your balloons somewhere to dry (again we used circles made form toilet paper rolls), or if you are impatient like us you can go at them with a hair dryer!

Once they are dry, hang them on your tree or in your window and admire you and your kid's handiwork!

Unfortunately the above picture doesn't do these ornaments justice. In real life the light shines through them and they are just gorgeous!

Such a simple project, but one that we think our favorite teachers will appreciate.
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1 comment:

  1. These are fantastic! I pinned these for next year. Thanks!