My toddler is all about decorating our Christmas tree. So I came up with some animal ornaments that we could make together! They’re perfect for any Christmas tree, and if you don’t want to make ornaments out of them you can just add the little wreaths and set them around the house for fun. Just FYI, our little dude doesn’t get to handle these things by himself (we help him touch them so he doesn’t try to eat ’em like he does everything else). So if you’re making these for a baby be sure you handle them safely.
Want to make some animal ornaments of your own? Follow these instructions step-by-step.
- plastic toy animals
- non-toxic paint
- small bottle brush trees and wreaths
- strong glue
- mini Christmas tree
Step 1: Gather your animals and wreaths, and make sure that they’re a similar size.
Step 2: Paint all of your animals! Be sure you find a paint that will stick to the animals and is non-toxic for kiddos. Allow the animals to dry and cure thoroughly.
Step 3: Take off any extra bows, strings, or wires from the wreaths and mini trees. Add them to your animals—glue the trees to animals with flat backs and put the wreaths on animals with sturdy necks.
Step 4: Take a second to admire how stinking cute these animals are.
Step 5: Decorate your tree! The beauty of these things is that you don’t need to attach any hooks; they can sort of cling to the tree on their own. So if you have any little ones who are decorating age, let them help put their own animals on their very own tree.
Step 6: Light up the tree and admire! Have fun all season teaching your children about colors, animals, and the holidays.
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