Art History Christmas Ornament for Kids

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends. It’s my kids’ first day off from school and they are already going WILD. I am attempting to publish this blog post with blaring music in the background as they play freeze dance to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas haven’t even started which leaves plenty of time for holiday crafts. MamaMiss has been hosting 20 Days of Kid-Made Ornaments so I decided to participate with this simple art history-themed one. It’s super easy and fun to make. My son made five of them and he normally prefers building with Legos to arts and crafts.

Archangel Gabriel Annunciate, Fra Angelico

Archangel Gabriel Annunciate, Fra Angelico

Cultivating an appreciation for beauty within your child is often as easy as simply showing them great works of art. And you can’t get any more beautiful than paintings by masters such as Fra Angelico, Giotto and Fra Bartolomeo. While your child creates her ornament, why not have a conversation about the artwork? You can ask simple questions such as: what is happening in this painting? How does it make you feel when you look at it? What colors and shapes do you see?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Cardstock
  2. Scissors
  3. Ribbon for hanging your ornament
  4. Glue
  5. Sequins or sparkles for framing the image

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Here’s what to do:

1. Download and print the ornament artwork and backing onto a nice card stock.

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2. Have your child choose an image and cut it out along with the matching back.

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3. Glue a ribbon in the center of the two pieces of paper for hanging.

4. Let that dry for a minute or two before adding glue to the edge of the image.

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5. Now your ornament is ready for a “frame” of sequins or sparkles. And that’s it!

I hope you and your child enjoy exploring these art history images together while making a keepsake for Christmases to come. Oh, and I plan to post some lovely holiday place cards over the weekend so check back! In the  meantime, why not join me over at Facebook?

Happy Holidays!

 

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Comments

  1. Denise Madgey says:

    Love the craft! Great idea for old Christmas cards too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Perfect idea for a day like today! Rainy!! Thanks!!

  3. love it – so beautiful!

  4. We are working on this today. Thank you for sharing!

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