Can you believe Christmas is less than one month away? I, for one, am so, so excited! I’m a big fan of this holiday and can’t wait! Not only do I have a SUPER ecstatic 4 year old, who asks every single day “how many more days until Christms?”, but this will also be baby girl’s first Christmas. I cannot wait to share the magic of the holiday with her. I know that this first year she’ll likely be more interested in wrapping paper than anything else, but I can already tell she’ll be a Christmas lover. We just made this sweet moon and star Christmas ornament and she cooed over it for quite a while. I’ll admit, it’s pretty darn cute. I’m so glad to be a part of the amazing blog series 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas, hosted by Mama Miss, who has an absolutely gorgeous blog (and shop). The series consists of over 70 bloggers creating unique kid-made ornaments that all tie into a children’s book. Pretty cool, right?
We thought long and hard about which book to use, and in the end we actually decided on a non-Christmas book, but one that is a family favourite and perfect for reading any time of the year. What it is? It’s called Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, by the talented Eric Carle. This is such a fun book and K loves the pull-outs as well. It just so happens that he loves to watch the moon. We say goodnight to the moon almost every night and enjoy watching it get bigger and bigger until it turns into a full moon, just like in this book. I love the way this little ornament turned out and I also really like that we were able to incorporate a few elements and mediums – natural materials, artwork and crafts. It’s a fun, easy art and craft project for kids, and will look wonderful on your Christmas tree.
Moon and Star Mobile Christmas Ornament
What You Need (Materials):
- Paper, Yellow Paint – watercolour or acrylic – and a Paintbrush
- Star Shape (not necessary but makes it easier for tracing) – we used a small cookie cutter shape like this
- Small twig
- Clear Contact Paper
- Sequins – we used a mix of silver and blue but these would also be pretty
- White Yarn (or anything similar)
- White glue and a glue gun
How to Make it
Start by having your child paint. K just covered the entire page in yellow paint and it was perfect. Let the picture dry. Once it’s dry, set out your star shape and cut out 8 little stars.
Next, trace or cut out your moon. The inner lid of a mason jar is perfect for this and gives you an idea of the size of moon we made, but you can also easily freehand it. You’ll need two of these – a back and a front.
Gather your materials.
Next, lay out your twig, and then turn the stars and moon facing backwards. Cut out 3 pieces of yarn or whatever material you’re using and tie them to the branch. Use a glue gun to dab a tiny bit on the tops of each star and moon and attach the yarn – 2 stars for each piece of yarn on the outside, one below the other, and the moon in the middle. An adult will need to do this job if you’re working with a really small child.
Next, turn the ornament back over and use the white glue to glue the four remaining moons to the back side of the moons, ensuring you can see the yellow whichever way you turn the mobile. Let them dry and cut off any loose yarn ends.
That’s it, you’re done. Hang on your tree to enjoy!
Stop by to check out the other bloggers’ ornaments for today in the #KidMadeChristmas series.
- The Educator’s Spin On It
- Growing Book by Book
- Handmade Kids Art
- Housing a Forest
- The Craft Train
- STEAM Powered Family
- Wise Owl Factory
- Miss Mae’s Days
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