I have the easiest little Christmas decoration to share with you today. We made Mason Jar Lid Ornaments that have a bit of a stained glass look to them.
If you’ve been hanging us hooligans for a while, you know I’m crazy about simple Christmas crafts that can be done on a shoe-string budget. Well, this is definitely one of them. Kids will have fun making these easy Christmas tree ornaments, and you might too. I have to admit, I got a little caught up in the excitement and made several myself.
These ornaments are great for all ages to make. My teenager and I cranked out quite a few while we were testing the process. We artistic and drew little pictures on ours. Younger kids, even preschoolers and toddlers, can simply colour whatever they like on the face of the ornament.
To make our Tinfoil and Mason Jar Lid Ornaments, you’ll need:
- Aluminum Foil
- Sharpie Markers
- Mason jar Lids (the ring and the insert)
- Black Acrylic Craft Paint
- Clear Craft Varnish (or Mod Podge) – optional
- paint brush
- Cording/Twine or Ribbon for Hanging
Making our Ornaments:
We started by painting the ring of the mason jar lid black, and I dried them quickly with a blast from the hair dryer.
Then, we applied a quick coat of mod-podge (any clear acrylic craft sealer/varnish will do), and I blasted that with the hair dryer too. Why wait for the stuff to dry when you can speed things up with a shot of hot air?
You don’t absolutely need to use the varnish/sealer on the black ring, but it will give the paint a nice sheen, and protect it being scratched off.
Next, we wrapped the flat insert with aluminum foil. We just cut off any excess and crumpled and pressed any remaining foil against the back of the lid.
Slip a thread of cording (or whatever you’re using as a hanger) through the black ring.
Pop the foil covered insert into the ring.
Now it’s time to decorate.
With Sharpies, we drew our pictures on the foil and coloured them in. You can draw your outline in black first, and when you’re finished colouring your ornament, you can go back over that black outline to darken it a bit.
For some reason, our dark pink and light blue Sharpies required 2 coats, but the rest of the colours were dark and vibrant with one coat.
That’s it, that’s all!
How’s that for cheap and easy? I love how the mason jar lid frames the ornament.
Don’t they look great?
Looking for more easy, inexpensive Christmas craft to make with your kids?
I have a dozens of simple ornaments for kids to make right here, on my Happy Hooligans Christmas Pinboard!
And now, if you’re looking for something Christmasy to make with your jars, check out these holiday jar decorations by The Idea Room!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.