The kids and I have always loved exploring great artists and looking at their artwork. One of the first famous artists we explored when they were toddlers was Mondrian, the primary colours, lines, rectangles and squares of his later work were ideal to look at with them when they were young. As we explored the artists we discovered a fantastic book inspired by his work and life Coppernickel Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek. Using the book and our knowledge of Mondrian’s Art Work for this year’s 10 Days of Kid Made Ornaments Inspired by Books we’ve created a couple of Mondrian Inspired Christmas Ornaments for the tree that you can make too.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

See how we explored Mondrian Together when they were toddlers.

Coppernickel Goes Mondrian

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Finding books on great artists for kids that are age appropriate can sometimes be a challenge, but Coppernick Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek is ideal. When the kids were very young we looked at the fun cartoon style images and compared the way the lines were used to the work on Mondrian. As they have got older we’ve read the book which is inspired by Mondrian’s vision of looking forward to the future.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Mondrian Christmas Ornaments

Inspired by Mondrian’s later work and the way that Wouter van Reek has used this to inspire the backgrounds of the illustrations in the book we’ve used these simple primary colours, straight lines and rectangles and squares to create a Christmas Decoration inspired by this famous Artist.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Materials Needed for your Mondrian Christmas Ornament

Plastic Baubles

Paint Brushes

Black Glass Paint or Black Outliner

Colourful Glass Paint Collection

String for Hanging

Optional – Gold or Silver Outliner for an Inspired by Mondrian version of the Christmas Tree Decoration (Silver glass paint or gold glass paint could also be used)

NOTE – The difference between using the outliners and the glass paints is one will produce a raised effect for the lines and the other will be flat and is less fiddly and can look better with a steadier hand. The black outlined bauble uses glass paint and the gold an outliner

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

How to make your Mondrian Christmas Ornament with Kids

  1. Separate out the bauble into the two halves.Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.
  2. With your black (or optional gold or silver) draw down in straight lines from the bauble “hook” to the bottom.Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.
  3. Now add in lines at right angles to this to form a collection of squares and rectangles.
  4. Repeat on the other half of the bauble.
  5. Leave to dry a little (around 1/2 an hour with the paint we used check the paint you have for instructions).Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.
  6. Then fill in the squares and rectangles with different colours. Try not to have two of the same touching as Mondrian tried to avoid this.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Use primary colours as we did on the black bauble for an authentic Mondrian looking Bauble or why not have an inspired by Mondrian Bauble like we did with the Gold bauble my daughter created.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Kid Made Ornaments Inspired by Books

We love combining books and crafts and activities and for the last few years have enjoyed sharing this love with other through joining in with the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas. Today we are joined by the following blogs sharing a kid-made ornament based on a children’s book as part of this annual series.

Mondrian Christmas Ornament based on Coppernickel Goes Mondrian by Wouter van Reek – Here at Rainy Day Mum

Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Fairies on Cherries Christmas Ornament based on Goodnight Unicorn by Karla Oceanak – Over on My Bright Firefly

Christmas STEM Ornament based on – Over on Preschool Powol Packets

Scrabble Tile Name Christmas Ornaments based on Santa’s Book of Names – Over on Happy Brown House

Golden Snitch based on the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Over on Castle View Academy

DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments based on Christmas in the Big Woods – Over on The Life of Jennifer Dawn

DIY Grinch Christmas Ornaments based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Over on The Mama Workshop

– Over on Creative World of Varya

More Book Based Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

 

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Colourful and bright Mondrian Inspired Christmas Bauble decorations for the tree for Kids to Make for the festive season.

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

    1. Thank you – they are so pretty. I love how even though there is no “green” because it’s glass paints when the light is right you also get a rectangle of green show up as well.

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