Children can be involved in decorating the Christmas tree in more ways than just helping to hang the ornaments. They can actually make some of the ornaments at home. Before they begin, make sure you clear off plenty of space on a table or floor and cover the work space with newspaper or a large drop cloth to protect the floor or table from spills or stains. This way, you can toss the drop cloth or newspaper in the trash when the project is done. Smaller children may require adult supervision while creating ornaments. To make a pine cone ornament, you’ll need a pinecone, green paint, white glitter, ribbon, and glue. First, cut a six-inch length of ribbon. Tie it into a circle and glue the tied section to the pointy tip of the pinecone. A hot glue gun works best for this, but regular glue will also work. Hold the pinecone by the ribbon and paint it green. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the white glitter on the pinecone. When the paint is dry, use miscellaneous supplies to decorate the pinecone so it looks like a miniature Christmas tree. Some materials to try include yarn, beads, sequins, and small buttons. You can make several of the pinecones to create a themed Christmas tree, or you can hang a few pinecone ornaments on garland, which can decorate archways or fireplace mantels. One way to distinguish which child made which ornament is to have the child paint his or her initials somewhere on the pinecone, as well as the year the decoration was made. You can save the ornaments to be used year after year as a keepsake of that Christmas.
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