Twig Holiday Ornament

Create a nature-inspired holiday ornament for decorating the tree or giving to a loved one with the help of twigs from the yard and a little glitter.

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Start by collecting twigs from the yard and then grouping them according to shape and size. You can create big thick twig ornaments or tightly-packed skinny ones - either way, the ornament looks really cool. Now, trace around a coffee mug with a washable marker to make the base of the ornament and cut out the circle. Your kids may need some help on this next step - using the end of the scissors, punch a hole somewhere along the outside edge of the inner circle to use for threading a ribbon for hanging later.

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    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Create a smaller circle in the middle by tracing around a smaller glass. Take the glue and spread it all around the outside of the inner circle. This is a great project for younger kids and introducing the concept of staying in or outside of the lines (if you've got older kids that are comfortable using a hot glue gun, they can use that instead). Next, cut or break the twigs so they are all around the same size.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Done!

    Line up the twigs around the outside edge of the inner circle, packing them in tightly next to each other. Continue moving around the circle until you've got a full ring of twigs. Now, cut and paste a small circular picture in the middle, use a little glue, sprinkle with glitter, and let the ornament dry overnight. Or, leave off the glitter and you've got a fully nature-inspired holiday ornament! Once things are all dry, gently shake the ornament over a sheet of paper to release any excess glitter. String the ribbon through the hole, give it a tie, and you've got a creative homemade holiday ornament!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

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