Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornaments making!!!

This last week has seen the making of tens of little Christmas ornaments both at school and at home. The reason for all this creativity is an on-going project between our school and three other schools from different European countries.  Each one of the four schools that participate in the project will make ornaments to send to the other schools. So each school will have its own lovely tree, decorated with the little makes they will receive. This is a nice project that aims at getting   the students offer something to children they have never met, but with whom they have a lot in common. This may be the beginning of new friendships and more nice projects in the future!
Last Thursday, I conducted a workshop at the school premises, to show students how to make little ornaments, using simple, easy to find material.

We all know how imaginative and creative kids can be when they are given the right incentive. So, my little ones were just fantastic, they came up with their own ideas and they also followed the instructions I gave them very carefully.
 Here are some of the things they made. 
I love the  ornament with the little ‘wings’ made of denim. 
A girl  really surprised me when she asked me if I had any wire with me. I found some in one of my boxes and after a few minutes she showed me these. Aren't they beautiful? She made them at no time and they look great. She added tiny , shiny bells at the top and here they are . Simple and nice!

By the time the workshop was over and they had to go home, everything had been  covered with glitter and bits and pieces of colourful cardboard, fabric, beads, stickers , ribbons and paper.  We all had great amounts of fun and went back home tired but happy.
It was a very Christmassy afternoon, with Christmas songs, something sweet to nibble and lots of glitter!!
At home, it was time for me to give it a go and make some more ornaments! My fingers were itching for a bit of relaxed and carefree creativity.
I found some   pieces of balsa wood in a drawer and some lovely napkins from last year and started transforming the little pieces of wood into tree ornaments.
Of course, I used my beloved method of decoupage which works miracles at no time and so after some hours, I was happy to display a few little ornaments that will soon be send to Poland and Romania where our partners are.

Do you like them? I love the little Santa and his wife and the red hearts and lace.
I used red, shiny ribbon to hang the ornaments from and here they  are , ready for their trip!!
 I also made  little birds, a reindeer and a tree using felt, ribbons , pieces of fabric , paper and beads.

Finally I used pine cones , ribbons and some felt in the shape of holly  to make a few more little ornaments , very easy to make, yet quite nice, I think .

That's for now dear readers . 
Till next time, enjoy your weekend and the week ahead . It is very cold here in Greece so, I’m glad the weekend has arrived and I can stay a bit more indoors!
Love to all of you , 
Tina xxxxx 


  1. Congratulations. Very nice ideas.
    Nana Milioti.

    1. Thank you Nana .
      I'm glad you like our ideas . I hope I have inspired you to try some!

  2. Very nice pictures. That means Christmas spirit.

    1. Thank you so much Virginia. I'm always happy to read your comments!!

  3. Your ornaments are all delightful, really pretty makes! Gorgeous photos too!
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

    1. Thank you Helen for leaving a comment. I really had a great time working with my students making the ornaments and they also enjoyed it a lot.
      Have a nice week,
      Tina xxx