Getting Ready for Christmas

Although Thanksgiving is over, I'm loving the Cornbread Dressing leftovers! I've made good progress on getting my home decorated for Christmas and for the first time ever, I know how good it feels to have a big part of my Christmas shopping already finished!  My goal for the rest of the weekend is to finish working on some more Winter and Christmas products for my TPT store. 

We spent the two days of school during Thanksgiving week doing our annual Christmas Craft days.  Our students rotate through all four kindergarten classes and make an ornament in each classroom. By the end of the two days, each student had a total of 8 ornaments.  With the creation of Pinterest, the four of us decided to find new ornaments to make this year and get away from our outdated ornaments. 

My coworker found this adorable picture on Pinterest but the link to it was no longer valid so we had to use the picture to figure out how to create them. Ours looked very similar to these except we could not figure out what they put in the clear balls to make them colored...we tried glitter paint but it didn't turn out right so we ended up filling the reindeer, elf & Santa with brown and red shredded paper and the snowman with snow confetti.  


My second ornament was these adorable cupcake ornaments that I found on YouTube! I found pastel pink ornaments at Hobby Lobby and used tacky glue to paint glue from the hanger to about half way down the ornament. We then sprinkled snow confetti (irredescent) to the glue and then hot glued it into a silver mini cupcake foil liner at an angle. The cherries on top were cut from a floral pick that I also found at Hobby Lobby and hot glue on. The pretty hangers made these so elegant looking. The pastel pink was so pretty but we had trouble finding 100 of the pink ornaments so we offered the boys a choice of turquoise blue or pale green and they turned out pretty good too.
I plan to make an entire set of the pink for my little 3 foot tree in my house and add a candy garland to make my own "sweet" little Christmas tree!
Now back to the classroom...My kids will be so excited to go to the Home Living center next week. They will be sorting Christmas cookies by beginning sounds using the Gingerbread men from my Cooking Christmas cookies package, some small spatulas, cookie sheets, and some gingerbread man plates I found at Dollar Tree many years ago.
Click on the pictures above to check it out! 
I can't wait to read all of the different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories soon! Here is the Gingerbread Man is on the Loose package that we will also do during Gingerbread Man week!
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Kimberly said...

Love these ornaments! I made a version of the cupcake ornament last year--you can check it out on my blog. Can't wait to take advantage of the sale on Monday! I've bought all of your Kindergarten calendar flipcharts and LOVE them! My students especially love the sound effects! Keep up the good work.
Kimberly :)

Samantha Shepherd said...

Hi Mrs. Young,

I'm so excited that I discovered your blog. I'm an education student at Lee University and I'm constantly reading teacher blogs in search of ideas for my future classroom. So it's fun to find a teacher passionate about teaching in my area. I can't wait to read more of your blog! :)


Heather said...

I think the ornaments are made by putting modge podge or another clear glue on the inside,pouring glitter inside, and shaking them to spread the glitter evenly.

Unknown said...

Love these ornaments - so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

Anonymous said...

For the Santa, Reindeer, Snowman and Elf glitter ornaments you (and I know this sounds weird!) use clear liquid floor wax inside-squirt it in, swish it around and poor it out-then put in LOTS of fine glitter and shake it around to coat it and then put them aside and let they dry about 12-24 hours...if you move them around a lot the glitter clumps and they don't look as nice...(we did a Grinch with bright green glitter inside, painted on face and a section of Grinch green feather boa-(they make the small kind-found in the ribbon section at craft stores) around the top-just hot glued on a small piece that went around the metal top of the ornament...also our santa belly had the same feather boa except in white around the top :) hope this helps! (you could also use modgepodge inside to make the glitter stick but it doesn't look as nice when finished!

Anonymous said...

To make the glass ornaments colored I have used craft paint. You squirt some in the ball and swirl it around. Then you let it dry a day. You might need to add more paint. If there is too much turn it upside down in the tray they came in to get the excess paint out.

Julie said...

I read online somewhere that they use floor wax in the clear ornaments then glitter paint or regular acrylic paint. There is a particular brand of wax that's supposed to be best. I will look for the article and forward it to you if I find it. Loved the ornaments you did with your class.

Unknown said...

Hello. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I was wondering if you have a template for the elf legs and design thats on the ornament and a template for the santa design thats on the ornament?
Shelly Plemons