These are about as kid-friendly as Christmas crafts come, unless you count the really hideous ones you smile at then chuck in the trash. It is also just as cute (I think) as the ones that are so stinking complicated that the kid just stands there while the adult does the whole thing. (I just shuddered a little… The craft has 27 SMALL PLASTIC BEADS, and needs a three-inch long piece of 1/8-inch-wide ribbon tied IN A BOW. By a child who still is working on learning to fasten VELCRO SHOES. What person decided to label that one “Age 3+”? But I digress.)
ANYways. This is a craft I did with my students, and they really liked it. For the youngest ones, I cut the strips and helped them put them in order (usually in rainbow order while learning colors). For older kids, I would give them the 9-inch strips and have them measure them to the correct size, then put them in order. Even older kids (who have some ruler skills- or could use the practice) can do the whole thing themselves.
All you need is:
- construction paper or cardstock in 5 different colors
- a ruler
- a stapler
And all you do is:
- Measure 1-inch wide x 9-inch long strips of paper. You need 2 of each color.
- Figure out which color you want to be the outside of your ornament. (Mine is dark blue .) Those stay 9 inches long.
- Take the 2 strips of the next color towards the center (your second color- green in mine) and cut off half an inch. Now they’re 8 1/2 inches long.
- Take the next 2 strips (your third color- white in mine) and cut them down to 8 inches.
- Take the next 2 strips (your fourth color- yellow in mine) and cut them down to 7 1/2 inches.
- Take your last 2 strips and cut them to 7 inches. This is the middle of the ornament.
- Stack them back up in a sandwich like this: 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 and align one of the ends, then staple it. Pinch the loose ends together and push towards the middle so they start to make the ornament shape. Push until you can align the ends, then staple.
- Staple a loop of yarn or string to the top for hanging
That’s it! The written directions make it sound more complicated, but hopefully the pictures help.