– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Each year as I unpack the Christmas ornaments, my mind wanders back to years long ago.
I’ll recall how Mom would sit on the couch, add hooks to the ornaments, and then hand them to my brother, sisters, and me. My dad’s specialty was hanging the lights, and then he would help the kids place long, silver icicles on the tree—one by one.
Now, as I hang many of our ornaments, I recall the little children who crafted them. Children who are now all grown up with kids of their own. Some of my favorite ornaments were made with toothpicks and old Christmas cards. Yep, our kids made them when they were small.
Here’s how you and the children in your life can have some of these easy-to-make toothpick ornaments:
- Cut some old Christmas cards into a shape similar to a small house (see above picture).
- Then glue two or three layers of toothpicks along the perimeter, making a “frame.”
- After the glue dries, ask the kids to date and sign the back of the ornament.
- Then slip a hook or piece of holiday ribbon through the toothpicks and the masterpieces are ready to be hung on the Christmas tree.
What is one of your favorite Christmas tree decorating memories? Have you discovered an easy-to-make Christmas ornament?
Photo and post © 2014 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.