Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tissue Paper Silhouette Ornaments

One of my favorite things about Christmas is making ornaments with my children. Not only do we craft something pretty to hang on our tree, but we make some wonderful memories as well. I love it that these memories are unpacked and relived each year as we decorate our tree.

We made these tissue paper silhouettes a couple of years ago during our mini-unit on Christmas Symbols. They were simple and fun to make, and they turned out beautifully.

I found the idea and directions over at The Crafty Crow (one of my favorite craft sites). 

Before making these, we talked about ornaments being a symbol of Christmas and how they remind us of the beauty of God and His creation and all of the beautiful blessings He gives us.

A sweet story to read as a go-along with this craft is Mouse and Mole and The Christmas Walk by Doug Cushman. Our family has enjoyed this story for several Christmases now.

Mouse and Mole go on a walk through the woods in search of the perfect Christmas tree to decorate. Mouse wants to take the tree with them, but Mole suggests that they wait. They go to Mole's house to make some lovely ornaments, and when they return to the woods for the tree, Mouse is in for a delightful surprise. 

I'd love to hear about favorite handmade Christmas ornaments your children have made!


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