Crafty Ornaments

Duration: 15 – 30 min/ ornament

Materials & Tips:

1) Snow Globe
– Plastic/Clear Ornament
– Small Foam Balls (snow)
– Acrylic Paint
– Q-tips


Tip: Use Q-tips to paint while holding on to the string at the top. Try to not smudge the paint and hang the ornament up for it to dry.


IMAG0390-2.jpg2) Reindeer
– Brown & Red Construction Paper

– Googly Eyes
– Pipe Cleaner
– String
– Black Marker

3) Christmas Tree
– Green & Brown Construction Paper
– Yarn
– Pom Poms and/or Shiny Gems
– Glue Gun



4) Beaded Ornament
– Assorted Coloured Cardstock Paper

– Hole Puncher
– Beads & String
– Decorative Stickers/Gems
– Tape


Here are some cool examples done by my older class ūüôā¬†



Rainbow Giraffes

“There are people who can achieve huge success in life, while adding a bit of fun and a splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.” -Peter James


Check out these cute giraffes, a fun activity to start off the day! All you need to give your students is a pre-cut giraffe figure with yellow and pink construction paper. Then, you can prepare smaller rectangles of different colours for your little ones to cut into small strips. Dont’ forget the spots too- Glitter or scrunched up tissue paper would look amazing : )

Duration: 15-30 min

– Assorted Construction Paper
– Black Permanent Marker
– Tissue Paper
– Glue


Sea Sailing Adventure

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,¬†smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” -Van Morrison

This is a great project that involves painting, cutting and colour theory. It also goes along with a lesson on the ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES OF ART:
– Sea: composed of lines which demonstrate a sense of rhythm
РSky: contrasting colours with the water and consists of different values
–¬†Sunset: composed of shapes placed in a pattern, creating a sense of balance
–¬†Sailboats: different sizes create space (perspective), proportion and emphasis (focal point)¬†
–¬†Additional ornamentations: Tin foil is placed in various parts to add texture and make the work more unified and captivating


Duration: 1.5-2 hours

– Watercolour Paper & Paint
– Black contour pen
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue stick & White glue
РTin foil 

–¬†Cotton balls
–¬†Pipe cleaners

Students can start by sketching the layout of thier design in pencil, then adding watercolour paint to the background and water. While waiting for the paint to dry, they can cut out shapes using construction paper to emphasize specific objects such as a tree, boat, or sun. After gluing their objects on, they will add designs (lines and patterns) to the water with a black pen. Finally, finishing touches can be made by incorporating other materials like tin foil, cotton balls or pipe cleaners.

Here are some creative examples:


Toucans & Tropical Birds

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” -Eric Jerome Dickey

One of the most fun animals to make in arts and crafts is the bird because there are just so many variations! With 10-13 year olds, this is an activity that really sparks students’ interests¬†and allows¬†them to think and explore a variety of ways to¬†make their dream bird come true.

The toucan is a great example because its body structure follows the shape of a paper plate. To make the tail, you can cut off the extra paper left underneath the beak and attach it to the end of the body.

Duration: 45 min-1 hour

– Large Paper Plate
– Pencil/Eraser
– Acrylic Paint
– Scissors
– Glue stick/Glue gun

– Feathers
– Popsicle Sticks (for the branches)
– Construction paper (for the background and leaves)
– Cloth (clothing for the bird)

Students can also use different colours and add their own materials. Here are some examples:16-04-23-21-03-03-548_deco

Sometimes, students will really like to make their bird in a completely different way and that’s okay! It’s all about being creative and having fun ūüôā¬†