At this point in my parenting journey, I’ve mostly given up on having nice things. At least for another ten years or so. This year for Christmas I decided to attempt and set up the tree as normal, with no barriers. So as much as I love my beautiful sparkling glass bulbs, I knew they would probably be too much for my curious 17 month old to handle.
Planning For The Worst
I am happy to report that we have had the tree up for a few days and I’m actually impressed with how well my son has done, no major incidents to date. However, I wanted to make things a little less stressful in case things do go south.
There is just something beautiful about silver and gold on a Christmas tree! I had a limited budget this year so I was on the hunt for something that would be easy to make, and cheap to replace!
A few points that were most important when picking ornaments:
- Keep the tree as lightweight as possible, in case it gets tipped over.
- No glass ornaments.
- No choking hazards (metal clasps, beads, etc.).
- I didn’t want it to feel like the end of the world if something gets destroyed. Okay let’s be realistic. When something get’s destroyed.
All you need for this adorable homemade option is some scissors and scrapbook paper. If you want to use the same design I did I’ve linked the tutorial I used here. There are two videos, and each is only a few minutes long. Take a few practice tries with a regular piece of square paper and you’ll be a pro in no time!
To make these you will need:
- Thick cotton string
- Tacky Craft Glue
- Water Balloons
- Metallic Thread (to hang the ornament)
Note: I used a spray glitter that turned out really subtle. If you are looking for the really glittery snowball effect I would suggest using loose glitter.
I’ve linked the full tutorial on the snow ball ornaments here.
My goal in making ornaments this year was not to make toddler-proof ornaments, but rather toddler-friendly. I wanted something that I didn’t have to worry about. I was so happy with how it turned out and had so much fun putting this year’s tree together. I’d love to know what has worked (or didn’t) for you?
Wishing all the mommas of littles good luck, and a very merry Christmas!
Lots of love,