Sunday, November 25, 2012

Symmetrical 3-D Christmas Ornaments + Advent Link-Up

The idea for these pretty Christmas ornaments came about when my Godly Play co-teacher, Melinda, brought me a similar egg-shaped ornament that was made for Easter. She suggested that we might be able to make some sort of Christmas ornament out of it for our upcoming Advent Club that we do with our local elementary school. 

You will need:
- Thick, beautiful paper. I used a type of extra thick construction paper, much like scrapbooking papers sold in the States.
- Glue
- Scissors
- Symmetrical patterns and patterns for Baby Jesus' head and body.
- Ribbon
- Hole puncher
- Wooden stars

Step 1:  Choose a symmetrical shape and make a pattern. Any symmetrical shape will work. I chose to use a Christmas tree pattern, a star, and an oval for a "manger".

Step 2: Trace and cut out four copies of your design.

Step 3: Fold each pattern in half and begin glueing them together. If you are making Baby Jesus, you should glue the oval shapes for the manger together first. Then, make two copies of Baby Jesus, glue the head and body together, and fold them in half as well. Then, Baby Jesus can be glued into two of the folded ovals. 

Step 4: Punch holes at the top and bottom of the design. 

Step 5: Tie ribbons at the top and bottom. 

Step 6: A wooden star can be glued to the ribbon at the bottom as decoration. Or they can be used in other places, such as for "ornaments" on the Christmas tree.

Here is some of the children's finished work. 
(Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to snap any pictures of the Christmas trees!)

Linked to Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now

and Waldorf Wednesday at Seasons of Joy

and Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted's Art Blog

And now I'd like to invite you to share your wonderful Advent and Christmas ideas at this Link-Up party:

Please feel free to share all your ideas for Advent and Christmas with us

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  1. very nice ideas, thank you for posting :)

  2. What beautiful ornaments, Sheila! Thanks for sharing at Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Christmas Activities Board at

  3. We have done baubles and trees before, but not stars (yet), they look so lovely! Wonderful. And love the little baby Jesus too!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. These are beautiful-- definitely something for us to try. The baby Jesus is my favorite!
    Thanks for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!