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I love shiny and sparkly things but there is something about wood, leaves and other natural materials for kids to use to make ornaments for the tree. It’s the perfect time of the year to go for a nature walk to collect materials that you can use and then get creative to decorate the home with the Natural Ornaments this Christmas whether they are for the tree, door or home.
We often take a walk and over the autumn have collected quite a collection of objects on our nature table including leaves, twigs, chestnuts and stones. Natural Ornaments add a rustic element to the home and I think make beautiful ornaments that even the youngest children can help you make. We’ve collated together 10 fun ideas for kids, and you to make, ranging from some for the youngest members of the family to others that do require some tools to complete but would make fabulous decorations that you can be proud to bring out year after year and add your home and tree.
Pine Cone Natural Ornaments
Pine cones make lovely ornaments and we have two simple ideas that toddlers upwards can do to create simple pretty ornaments for the tree – first off pipecleaner weaving with the pine cones to create simple colourful decorations that you can hang. Use glitter pipecleaners or stick to one colour the choice if yours. Or add mini pompoms to the pinecone to create a decorated pinecone that resembles a mini decorated Christmas Tree.
You don’t even have to do anything fancy with the pinecones – just add glue and glitter and you have a simple but sparkly ornament to hang from the tree – find full instructions here on Mom Spotted.
Paint the pine cones green and then add decorations, like the pompoms, and pipe cleaners we added or how about something very simple with adding some beads like Paging Fun Mums have done.
Create little elves for the tree using pine cones (or gumnuts) like Red Ted Art has. I would love to add different colours for each member of the family having their own ornament.
Twig Natural Ornaments
So many twigs around at the moment, the leaves have almost all left the trees and the twigs are bare as well as the many leaves that have been blown off in the autumn winds.
Just with items from your craft box you can create some pretty ornaments that will be a lovely addition year after year to your tree and the kids will remember making them. These simple scrap ribbon twig trees from Fireflies and Mud Pies are a perfect example and so easy to do with children, they would make a perfect after school activity.
A bit for the tinkerers and older children as well as yourself these gorgeous twig trees do require some tools, but plain or painted they make a lovely addition to the decorations to bring out each year from Michele Made Me.
If you’ve seen the popsicle star ornaments they are so easy to swap to a natural ornament using twigs and create a beautiful rustic decoration that you can make as big or as small as you want – I think they would make a lovely alternative to a wreath on the front door this year. Sense and Simplicity has a full step by step on how to make them.
Combine twigs and other natural elements to create some beautiful rustic snowflakes, like the twigs you could make them small for the tree or large to decorate the home with. A full tutorial can be found on Little Things Bring Smiles.
Keep it really simple and virtually free (well the cost of a pipe cleaner) and create some rustic Christmas trees that kids can help with – I love the tip for killing off the critters that hang around in this how to from Stow and Tell U.