Thursday, December 15, 2011

This pins and sequins ornament is easy and mess free. Not only it looks good, but it presents an awesome opportunity for children to practice their fine motor skills.
DIY for kids and adults: Pins and Sequins Ornament
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DIY Ornament Tradition

We try to keep every ornament Smarty did in preschool. Not all of them are necessarily “pretty”, but they are all special and precious and reflect her ability at the time. This year, however, I wanted to do something more interesting than paper ornaments or pipecleaner and beads, and I stumbled upon this pretty sequin ball ornament from Kid Giddy through Crafty Crow. I thought that it will be a great fine motor practice for my daughter to try this craft on her own.

Supplies Needed

DIY Ornament Supplies
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Small tailor pins
  • Sequins (we had a simpler pack, not as fancy as in the original craft)
  • Ornament hanger
  • Ribbon for hanging

Making a Sequin Ball Ornament

The craft itself is not difficult, but it requires a lot of patience and precise movements. My 5 year old was working on her ball for at least 45 minutes. At first, it was difficult for her to get the right sequence in the sizes of sequins and to stick them on a small pin, but soon she got a hang of it. Eventually she declared her sequin ball complete. After the picture below was taken, I added a few more pins to cover bald spots and inserted an ornament hanger. Smarty was so pleased with her craft that she asked if we can make one for neighbors.

Pins-Sequins-Ornament-CompletedYour Turn

Are you making homemade ornaments this year?

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Kelly said...

I love when I can find fun ways to sneak in fine motor activities. The ornament does look very pretty.
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Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

i loved that idea too and would love to try it sometime! I pinned it!

Kylie said...

yes that looks like a simple activity that the kids can work on little by little if needed/wanted....not sure we'll have time to fit it in now though ;-)

Christy said...

I love this!!! I think R will enjoy it too!

Kim said...

Ooh, I like this. I'll have to save it and try it soon!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Ah, this is perfect for my little man who loves to poke things into styrofoam. :) I have been sick and he is begging for "something to do", and I think I have everything we need for this, so I am off to find the supplies and then try to sneak in a little rest while he is busy. Thanks for a wonderful idea!

Phyllis said...

She looks so happy. This looks like a great craft...more like a skill than a craft. Thanks for posting about it.

Sherri said...

this is a great idea! thanks for sharing it!

Ticia said...

We have some ornaments like this my Mom did when I was very young hanging on my tree. They're much more complicated, but they always turn out so beautiful. Especially if someone has the patience to cover the entire thing.

I need to pick up some Styrofoam shapes and let my kids have at this.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I never remember to buy styrofoam balls - there are so many good crafts that call for them - but I never have them on hand. I'm sure Anna's ornament is pretty, sparkling in the Christmas lights.

MaryAnne said...

What a cool project! My kids would love this activity!

Debbie said...

I love this idea. Her ornament is so pretty.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I like this as a fine motor activity, but I wonder what I could use instead of a styrofoam ball?

Elise said...

I smiled when I read your comment about buying a smaller ball (only because I often do this - I buy a larger version of a particular item and then part way through a craft realise that it would have been so much wiser to get the smaller option).

This is a fun activity that I'm sure my cherubs would enjoy.

The Resourceful Mama said...

We love making DIY ornaments. It's an annual tradition. I love the sequins on this one. They make it very festive. Thanks for participating in the #kidcraftchallenge!