12/10/2014 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Guest Post, Special Occasions


Artwork Holiday Ornaments with Kids

Memorializing children’s artwork as a Christmas ornament is tricky when you use paper as it just doesn’t keep well from year to year. Instead, create ornaments using shrink film (think: DIY shrinky dinks) and turn their art work into durable, hangable art.


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Step 1: Draw

For our ornaments, I traced my son’s hand and then let him doodle all over it.  Keep in mind that your finished ornament will be about two thirds smaller once it has shrunk. Since these markers are permanent, keep an eye on your kids while they are working.

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Step 2: Cut

Cut out your ornament. Punch a hole in the top for hanging.

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Step 3: Shrink

Place your cut out ornaments on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Follow the instructions that came with your shrink film to shrink ornaments in the oven.

kids art christmas ornaments from carissa bonhamStep 4: Hang

Thread a thin ribbon through the hole at the top for hanging.

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carissa 250px squareCarissa is the head non-hippie behind the magazine-style blog, Creative Green Living. She began blogging about crafts and DIY in 2006 but her heart turned green after the birth of her first son in 2010. Her goal is to teach parents about easy, greener choices for families that are still functional, tasty and fun!

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