Newspaper Ornaments

Our four-year-old son has entered the dinosaur phase--he loves them! So much so that he wanted to decorate the Christmas tree with dinosaur ornaments. Unfortunately, we don't have T. rexes in our Christmas storage bin--so we got creative and made our own. This turned out to be an easy and fun craft that our son loved. The best part for me: We were able to make them from items in our recycling bin!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We cut the newspaper and cereal boxes into smaller rectangles so that the cookie cutters would fit on them.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then we glued the newspaper to the cardboard (yes, right on top if it). We used white glue, but any kind of glue would work for this.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Our son picked out some dinosaur cookie cutters and traced them onto the newspaper. (You could use any kinds of cookie cutters--butterflies, stars, gingerbread, etc.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next, we cut out the shapes. All the curves helped our son work on his fine motor skills.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Punch a hole in the shapes and tie a string through the hole.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Hang them from a tree, a doorknob, or wherever you want to spread some dinosaur cheer!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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