Today I’m excited to share a simple, rustic Christmas ornament for kids in conjunction with the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas series hosted by Mama Miss. Like last year, all of the kid-made ornaments are inspired by children’s books. It’s one of my favorite blog series—I just know you’ll enjoy following along too!
This year our ornaments were inspired by Richard Scarry’s The Animals’ Merry Christmas, a delightful book containing 18 short stories and poems. My children have always enjoyed Richard Scarry’s characters and simple, old-fashioned stories. One of the shorts in the book, The Golden Sled, is about a bear who asks Santa for a golden sled. Will he get his request? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
Wooden Sled Ornament
Kids of all ages will enjoy creating and painting miniature wooden sleds ornaments for their Christmas tree or imaginative play.
- 3 miniature craft sticks
- 3 standard craft sticks
- tacky craft glue
- silver paint
- antiquing medium
- paper towels
- wax paper
- Lay 3 miniature craft sticks flat on a piece of wax paper. Stagger them slightly so the middle stick pops out, then glue them together side by side. Gently press the 3 sticks together for a moment so the glue can adhere.
- Secure 2 long craft sticks to the “seat” of your sled. Gently hold the “runners” in place for a moment so the glue can adhere. Allow the base of the sled to dry completely.
- When the sled is dry, carefully peel it from the wax paper. Use sharp scissors to snip a small board from the extra craft stick. Use glue to attach it to the runners of the sled. Allow it to dry completely.
- Paint the sleds. I painted my sled red, my oldest son painted his golden-yellow, and my little guy made two paint splattered technicolor sleds! Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Apply antiquing medium with brushes. Remove excess with a paper towel, then allow the sleds to dry completely.
- Glue twine onto the back of the ornament. Hang and enjoy!
The Antiquing Medium is key! It really gave our sled ornaments the vintage look we were hoping for.
10 DAYS OF A KID-MADE CHRISTMAS
Are you still searching for the perfect kid-made Christmas craft or activity for your kids, grandkids, scout group, or classroom? Click the image below to visit the landing page for the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series.
DAY 2 CONTRIBUTORS
Shared below are links to the Day 2 crafts and activities. Which one will you make?!
Salt Dough Ornaments | Artsy Momma
Easy Clay Kid’s Ornament | Heart of Deborah
Wooden Sled Ornament | Fireflies and Mud Pies
Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornament | Sugar Aunts
Vintage Inspired Jar Ornament | Mama Miss
Felt Robin Christmas Ornament | Mum in the Mad House
Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft | See Vanessa Craft
Santa Christmas Ornament | Inspired by Familia
Muddy Paws Ornament | My Bored Toddler
Elf Peg Doll Ornaments | Rhythms of Play