December 17, 2015

Easy Christmas Kids Craft: Paint Marbled Ornaments and Garland

Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of Christmas ornaments for our tree. It's a really good thing we have a tall one! Some of my favorites were made by my children years ago. Making ornaments together is a fun family activity, and children love seeing their creations hung on the tree. Keep the project simple so you have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the fun!

Need an idea? Try this fun Christmas Kids Craft I shared on The Shabby Creek Cottage last month. These colorful paint-marbled ornaments and garland make a great family-friendly Christmas craft project and only require a few supplies which you might already have on hand!


For these simple paper ornaments and matching garland you only need a few supplies and some drying time.

Supplies for Marbled Paper Christmas Ornaments
  • Watercolor paper (or other heavy art paper)
  • Holiday Cookie cutters (for use as patterns)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Craft Paint (colors of choice)
  • Old cookie sheet or plastic tray
  • Length of Ribbon or Rick-rack and colored clothespins (for garland only)
  • Hole punch and Baker's Twine (for ornaments)

Make Your Painted Ornaments and Garland

Trace and cut assorted shapes from the watercolor paper. (Depending on the age of children, you might want to prepare some shapes in advance.)

To marble the paper shapes, drizzle 2 or 3 colors of craft paint on a smooth washable surface. (I used a package of flexible plastic cutting mats from the kitchen store that I keep in my studio for times like this, but an old cookie sheet or plastic tray would work as well.) I found that it best to drizzle the paint in alternating stripes, but experiment to find the effect you like best. Swirl the paints with a skewer or craft stick.

Place a paper shape face down in the paint. press gently until surface is covered. Set aside to dry. Drying time will vary depending upon the thickness of the paint. I left the backs plain with room to write name and age or year. If you'd like to marble the backs, repeat the process once the first side has dried.

Attach shapes to a pice of wide rickrack as shown to make an adorable holiday garland.


Or punch holes and hang with Baker's twine for cute and colorful Christmas ornaments.



Wasn't that easy? If you'd like another easy and inexpensive ornament to make with your kids, try this Santa Ornament yarn craft.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Enjoy the Holidays!

This holiday craft project was originally shared on The Shabby Creek Cottage, November 17, 2015.



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  1. These are so cute, I love that you can blend any colors you like and that they are all unique. Adorable, pinning!

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