Deck the Halls: 5 ways to fill your own baubles for your Christmas tree
Have you seen fillable Christmas ornaments? They're the kind of thing that I've noticed popping up on Pinterest and in craft shops but some of the ideas I've seen while gorgeous, aren't the kind of thing that my kids are able to make themselves. I love my kids to be able to decorate for Christmas but anything that potentially includes fancy calligraphy or a glue gun also has the potential for failure around here - especially with a four-year-old on the loose.
Ever since the Christmas decorations have been out in the shops my kids have been keen to make some of their own, so today I'm sharing with you 5 kid friendly and totally achievable ideas for fillable Christmas ornaments as well as some tips on what to use and not use.
Tips for fillable Christmas ornaments
- Think about what you want to put in your ornaments before you buy them. There are two different kinds - ones that you open lengthways which are good for putting larger objects in and ones which open at the top which are good for things like filling with paint or hot chocolate. Unless you have the most restrained kids in the world (and while my kids are lovely, they're also still kids so that's not us) if we poured paint into a bauble that you could easily open it would be opened within two minutes.
- Think about the size of them. I originally thought that the big Christmas baubles would be best but of course, that meant they took loads of things in order to fill them. Oops.
- Plan out what else you'll need. Having all your things to put inside is great but don't forget you'll need some string to hang them with too. Bakers twine is my favourite as it looks much prettier!
5 Kid-friendly things to put in fillable ornaments
LegoThis one was perfect for my son who is Lego obsessed at the moment and a good way to make the most of things that we already had around the house. Just pick out red, green or white bricks and pop them into your ornament.
Pom pomsPom poms are one of those things that come in the big craft packs that I never seem to know what to do with so putting them into a Christmas decoration is a great way to get some use from them! We used them to practice counting and colour recognition while my daughter filled her baubles too.
Pine conesAfter buying the baubles and then deciding that my kids totally needed their own mini Christmas trees for their rooms to put their decorations on, the pine cones were a great way to create sweet natural themed ornaments that didn't cost anything. Under a tree, we found these tiny pine cones which we filled my pockets with. Holly and ivy would also work really well for these ornaments if you have some growing at home.
Foil starsI must admit that this was the one I was least keen on. I'd bought these for an idea I had for my blog and then had changed my mind and hoped the kids wouldn't see them. Of course, I had forgotten that my daughter has a special tracking radar for anything that sparkles and she found them hidden in my handbag and demanded we use them. Surprisingly both kids managed to not make too much mess with these and they haven't tried to open the ornaments and free the stars yet - they're a bit of a nightmare to photograph but they do look very pretty!
Christmas chocolatesI'm pretty much up for any excuse to buy Christmas chocolates so these were filled with chocolate coins and chocolate Santas. I'm not 100% sure they'll stay in the baubles until Christmas but for now, they look great on the kids' trees.
Have you tried using fillable Christmas baubles? Let us know what you out in yours in a comment below, or order your own fillable baubles now!
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