For the last couple for years we have set up a tree for Christmas, but hardly put any ornaments on it. It was easier having a tree without them when dealing with a toddler and preschooler! We even have a small tree that we put up on table for this reason (see below). This year my kids are more excited to decorate and we could not get away without having more ornaments on the tree, so we made some Candy Canes and Gingerbread Men to add to our collection of Homemade S’more Ornaments (see below for more details). These were so simple to make! The kids are kinder to them because they made them and since they are not food there is no temptation to eat them. Plus, if they do get ruined, it is no big deal!
Gingerbread Men (and Ladies)
All you need for the body is card stock or even the inside of a cereal box will work. I searched for “gingerbread man” under images and found a basic sketch to trace onto my card stock. We used scrap book scissors to cut the squiggly lines out of white paper and we used dots from our paper hole puncher to decorate. We happened to have googly eyes, so we had to add those!
Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
This needs very little explanation and I love the added color all the candy canes add to the tree! We cut red and white pipe cleaners in half and then twisted them together. The kids LOVED this! Be sure to twist the ends good once finished so they do not poke anyone.
Homemade S’more Ornaments
These are a few of my favorite S’more People. And just for explanation, the top left corner is a mumm, center bottom is a mountain man with a squirrel on the left and the bottom right corner is Donald Trump yelling “You’re Fired!”
Our main ornament on our tree are these S’more People. My aunt and uncle worked hard and created these, marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers out of molds for my bridal shower (this was before they got popular and you could buy them in the stores). The idea was to have every guest at the shower make an ornament for our Christmas Tree. Molding clay, pipe cleaners, foam shapes, and random scraps of material were provided for everyone to get creative with. Everyone signed the bottom of their ornament. I love it because every year we get to pull them out and think of all our wonderful family and friends as we put their creation on our tree!